Tuesday January 31, 2017

Supercomputer Outwits Humans In Poker Rematch

I don’t know a damn thing about Poker, but I can tell you that losing to a computer in front of a crowd must be pretty embarrassingآ—yet with the way things are advancing, maybe that isn’t anything to be too ashamed about, as we are seeing such monumental gains in AI that getting owned by software is becoming more and more ordinary. In this case, four of the "world’s best" poker players were defeated by Libratus, an artificial intelligence robot. I don’t know what is worse, getting beat by AI or sitting there playing poker for 20 days straight.

An artificial intelligence called Libratus has beaten four of the world’s best poker players in a gruelling 20-day tournament that culminated late on Monday. The Brains vs Artificial Intelligence competition saw four human players آ– Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou and Daniel McAulay آ– spend 11 hours each day stationed at computer screens in the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh battling a piece of software at no-limit Texas Hold’em, a two-player unlimited form of poker. Libratus outmanoeuvred them all, winning more than $1.7m in chips. (Thankfully for the poker pros, they weren’t playing with real money) It’s a crushing defeat for humanity, but a major milestone for artificial intelligence.