Cache flush: AI poker bot to compete against top players in tourney • The Register

Poker is the next game for AI to beat. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed Libratus, a computer program that will go head to head with top poker players at Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, beginning next week.

The hype around AI has been bubbling away for a while within the tech industry, and was brought to attention when DeepMind’s AlphaGo programme fought a highly publicised battle against Lee Sedol, a top Go player.

The evolution of AI can be traced through its various gaming battles with its creators, argues Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science at CMU.

“Since the earliest days of AI research, beating top human players has been a powerful measure of progress.

Poker poses a far more difficult challenge, as it requires a machine to make  decisions based on incomplete information.

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