There are lots of qualities that are required to make a successful poker player. One is having a good poker face to either hide or pretend to have a good hand. So when an Artificial Intelligence programme called Lengpudashi took on six players in a series of exhibition poker matches in China, it arguably had a head start (or not in this case) over its competitors. Whether or not this contributed to the programme winning $290,000 is not clear but it is the second time AI has beaten top poker players after an earlier version of the system beat four pros during a marathon 20 day game earlier this year. Behind every great computer programme is a team of humans and Lengpudashi is no different as it is the brainchild of Tuomas Sandholm, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the US, and Noam Brown, a PhD student. As for what the creators will spend their winnings on, they intend to plough it straight back into their company, Strategic Machine. Well that’s one way to fund a business.
April 20, 2017