Humanity Hasn’t Got a Chance

By Thomas A. Bass March 7, 2016 7:13 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Lady Luck has left the house. Computers are beating us at our own games. From quiz shows to foreign-exchange trading, from poker to arbitrage, artificial intelligence is winning. The story begins 500 years ago, when Gerolamo Cardano leapt up from a card game in Venice to stab a cheating opponent. Wondering if there might be a less bloody defense against card sharps, Cardano began mathematically analyzing games of chance and working out the laws of probability. Thus commenced the long tradition of gamblers as godfathers to statistics, chaos theory, artificial intelligence and scientific systems for predicting the world financial markets. Adam Kucharski, a young Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge who specializes in the mathematical modeling of infectious…


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