AI takes on humans in marathon poker game
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Date posted: 12/01/2017
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Artificial Intelligence

An unusual poker game is taking place in Pittsburgh, pitting human players against an artificial intelligence program.

The goal is to see if a computer can beat four of the best players in the variant of poker known as no-limit heads-up Texas hold 'em. The four human players are matched against Libratus, an artificial intelligence program developed at Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) school of computer science.

In a similar tournament in 2015, the humans won.

The algorithm could be adapted for use in medicine, cybersecurity, business and the military, its creators said.

The matches - dubbed Brains v Artificial Intelligence - are being held over 20 days at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, USA.

Viewers can watch the entire event live on video-streaming games site Twitch, where there will be a stream for each of the human players:

* Jason Les
* Dong Kim
* Jimmy Chuo
* Daniel McAulay

The players are vying for shares of a $200,000 (£162,000) prize, while the CMU scientists are hoping to set a new benchmark for artificial intelligence.

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