Artificial intelligence computer Libratus has scored a landslide victory against four of the world’s top poker professionals. The robot won over $1.7 million in chips during the intense three weeks of The Brains vs Artificial Intelligence competition, thus re-affirming the rising potential of AI to outperform the human brain.
The fact that the breakthrough comes in pokeris mind-blowing since that game is very difficult to be beaten by a computer. That is because players cannot see each other’s cards and need to bluff and correctly interpret misleading information in order to win.
The brainchild of Carnegie Melon University computer science professor Tuomas Sandholm and his PhD student Noam Brown, Libratus is said to have put a lot of pressure on Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou and Daniel McAulay who have been subjected to a gruelling schedule and repeat defeat. Yet their reward is a $200,000 prize which will be split among the pros based on their success relative to each otheragainst the AI computer.
The algorithms at the core of Libratus are not poker-specific, which means that the software could be used successfully in any area of human activity that requires making strategic decisions with limited information.