Poker strategy essays
Artificial intelligence is going
to change the world of poker
There are been huge leaps forward in Artificial
Intelligence over the last few years. Now AI computers
are able to compete and beat professional poker players
at their own game. It has improved so much that the
betting offers have all cut the odds on artificial
intelligence winning a human poker tournament. It
will not be long before AI overtakes human competitors
which will have a profound impact on the game. In
this article, I will talk about the recent developments
along with the wider social impact that technology
Artificial intelligence poker machines are improving
at breakneck speed and in a recent poker tournament
held, the AI named Libratus beat four of the top players
in the world. The tournament took place over 20 days
and Libratus won $1.7 million in fake chips beating
a quarter of the pros taking part.
The rise of AI is growing exponentially and investment
over the last couple of years has increased by over
three hundred percent. It is expected that by 2020
AI, the internet of things and big data will take
1.2 trillion from businesses that do not implement
this technology. It will reap huge fundamental disruption
and the poker world will not escape from its clutches.
The AI computer revolution started back in 1997 when
the Deep Blue AI beat the worlds greatest ever chess
player Garry Kasparov. It has taken nearly 20 years
to take things to the next level which Google's AI
system DeepMind beat the world best human player at
GO which is one of the most complex games. It was
able to learn from itself to create a winning strategy.
Computers have many advantages over humans such as
endurance, access to data and speed. It was an incredible
achievement to create AI that can beat players at
GO but poker offers a much more difficult task. The
computer system will not see the pieces along with
the board to be able to play an open hand.
The Libratus poker AI works by playing thousands
of hands against itself. It uses self-education learning
via trial and error. This form of learning is not
possible with humans as they are unable to play games
against themselves without knowing what both hands
are planning to play.
The Next Step In AI Poker
There is still a long way to go before AI poker can
consistently beat the worlds best players. It will
require senses to monitor players pupil dilations,
sweat, mannerisms along with measuring stress signs
to make the correct decisions.
There have been many great minds that have warned
us about the risks of AI including the great late
Stephen Hawking. What is certain is that it is going
to play a pivotal role in the near future and there
are many dangers if it is not used for ethical purposes.
What makes poker unique is the ability to bluff, which
is a component that will be one of the most difficult
for AI to learn. The day that it is able to manipulate
humans could be a very dark time if a safeguard is
not put in place.
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