The world’s best poker player is now a computer

For the past 20 days, an artificial intelligence named Libratus has been destroying the world’s top poker players at a no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in Pittsburgh. The game ended last night, marking another milestone in the history of AI and machine learning.Unlike AlphaGo, the AI that defeated the world’s top Go player, this machine wasn’t created by the likes of Google. It was invented by a professor-student combo at Carnegie Mellon. Professor Tuomas Sandholm and grad student Noam Brown first designed a version of the AI two years ago, but lost early competitions against other leading poker players. But not this time.The four human poker players ended up with a negative chip count, while Libratus finished with $1.7 million. While the 120,000 hands of poker didn’t have financial implications—the poker players…

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