Artificial intelligence just owned some of the world’s best poker players

Four of the world’s best professional poker players have been trounced in an epic 20-day competition, with an artificial intelligence (AI) system winning big after dominating 120,000 hands of no-limit Texas Hold’em. The AI, called Libratus, led the human players by almost US$1.8 million in chips by the end of the competition – a stark contrast to just two years ago, when a different program only managed to carve out a technical tie against four human pros. In the 2017 rematch, the humans never even had a chance. Libratus, developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), follows on the heels of previous AIs that have bested humans at games – like Google’s DeepMind, which owned some of the world’s most formidable Go champions. But learning poker is more…


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