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Blog: Are Cats Competing For Your Job?


Photo by Kevin Knezic on Unsplash

Artificial intelligence may be the least of your problems, according to this kitten.

Go to the profile of Kat Kou

In The Robots Are Coming: The Future of Jobs in the Age of Automation, 47 percent of U.S. jobs are “at risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence over the next fifteen to twenty years.”

But in recent reports, experts have discovered that the furry feline sitting on your couch could be the real threat to society. CI takeover is a new fear in humanity, and according to Larry Elliot: “Cats will take our jobs. We’d better plan now, before it’s too late.”

Since at least 2013, Google has been integrating automated bot-detection into its CAPTCHAs. But there’s one thing they haven’t considered: Are you a cat?

The difference between bot and cat are widely unknown. However, we have recently studied the way a cat moves its mouse before clicking the “I am not a robot” button.

According to Google, CAPTCHA is defined as:

“A program or system intended to distinguish human from machine input, typically as a way of thwarting spam and automated extraction of data from websites.”

Take away the p, and you’ve got CATCHA. Is this a conspiracy theory for cats wanting to take over the world?

According to wired.com, Google’s artificial brain learned to find cat videos in 2002:

“Picking up on the most commonly occurring images featured on YouTube, the system achieved 81.7 percent accuracy in detecting human faces, 76.7 percent accuracy when identifying human body parts and 74.8 percent accuracy when identifying cats. We never told it during the training, ‘This is a cat,’” Jeff Dean, the Google fellow who led the study, told the New York Times. “It basically invented the concept of a cat.”

Not convinced? Read on to find out how cats are competing for your job.


1. Cats are great ping pong players.

Ping-pong ball-pitching machines exist. But did you know that cats are better at it? Watch this video for proof. I’m looking at you, Ma Long.

2. Cats see the world in UV light.

With UV bacteria-killing robots on the rise, hospital workers are at risk. But they have competition with those born with a feline vision superpower.

3. Cats are the pioneers of pest control.

Photo by Magnus Reiß on Unsplash

When it comes to pest control, cats are the solution. They do not leave dangerous poisons around your home, or workplace.

4. Cats can detect bombs.

A cat is believed to have around 200 million scent receptors, while humans only have 5 million.

5. Cats are medical experts.

We’ve seen an uprise in therapy cats coming onto the scene. They have been proven to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and social isolation.


Cats are taking over the world faster than you think, and there’s a reason for the widespread of kitten memes on the internet. Could this be a political campaign for BenBen to take over the world? According to CBC news, he has become a social media sensation after his recent fundraiser in Vancouver.

Maybe it’s time we consider what CAPTCHA really means.

#TheFutureisFeline

Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium

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