A Poem: ‘Takes 1 To Know 1’


Google wants to verify my identity.


It presents weird-looking letters, numbers,

asks me to type them

into a text box.


Somewhere in Iowa, Georgia, or North Carolina,

servers will run algorithms,

analyse my response,

determine if I’m human –

or one of them.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday)

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