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AI Poker Winner

PostedFebruary 26, 2017

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LEDE: In a landmark step for artificial intelligence, a computer program has beaten the world’s best poker players at a 20 day competition in Pittsburgh.

Randy Atkins: Poker is hard for artificial intelligence, since it involves such things as guessing at hidden cards. But a new program called Libratus has mastered the game. Created by Tuomas Sandholm of Carnegie Mellon University, Libratus went one-on-one in Texas hold’em games against professionals.

Tuomas Sandholm: The best artificial intelligence program for solving incomplete information games has actually surpassed the strategic reasoning capability of the best humans.

Randy Atkins: Libratus won nearly two-million dollars. It appears to have gotten the knack for doing things that that humans usually do better…like bluffing and betting. Such poker skills are a step on the way to real-world uses.

Tuomas Sandholm: They can apply to many situations ranging from negotiation, bargaining, auctions, cybersecurity, military settings.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.