Poker appears to be the latest intellectual battle between humanity and AI, and currently, a bot named Libratus, developed by the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, is beating humanity. Badly.

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A team of professional poker players are competing against Libratus at the Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence competition held at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, running through January 31st, 2017. As of January 26, with 80% of the 120,000 hands dealt, Libratus is ahead by over $1,000,000. Note: No money actually changes hands in this tournament.

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Success at poker requires skills like bluffing and the randomization of actions to confuse other players. Bluffing requires AI that can calculate risk/reward in real-time, meaning this AI does more than playing a hand when it is strong. Poker player Jimmy Chou said the bot improves daily. “The first couple of days, we had high hopes. But every time we find a weakness, it learns from us and the weakness disappears the next day.”

The team from Carnegie Mellon University hopes this type of system can learn how to tackle the challenges of military strategy, cyber-security, and medicine.

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