Supercomputer no match for Humans in Poker

Supercomputer no match for Humans in Poker


“Thinking is a human feature. Will AI someday really think? That’s like asking if submarines swim. If you call it swimming then robots will think, yes.” ~ Noam Chomsky

Chess has seen the power of Supercomputer, where IBM’s Deep Blue beat Kasparov in a rematch in 1997 (3.5-2.5).  Deep Blue and Supercomputer technology with the artificial intelligence has done well in the games which involve brains and lots of calculations to win.

Interestingly, after so many years of progress in this technology, somehow the supercomputer was no match for humans.  In the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” poker competition, Claudico was no match for the top Poker players of the world.

The CMU computer program, Claudico, is playing a total of 80,000 hands of Heads-Up No-limit Texas Hold’em against Doug Polk, Dong Kim, Bjorn Li and Jason Les. And after 42,100 hands, the humans had a cumulative lead of 626,892 chips.

Three of the four players also held individual leads against Claudico. Though much could change in the week remaining, a lead of around 600,000 chips is considered statistically significant.

Quite possibly, Claudico is learning and will improve over time.  What seems like normal and wasteful ways of using so much of computing power in games is actually very important in other fields of human well being.

“You could use the same basic framework to do robust decision making like trying to come up with insulin and glucose monitoring plans [for diabetes patients],” says Neil Burch, a computer scientist at the University of Alberta who helped design a poker-playing AI earlier this year. “You get regular snapshots of glucose levels, and you have to decide how much insulin you should take, and how often.”

Of course, taken further, as Robot designer Hans Moravec, cyberneticist Kevin Warwick and inventor Ray Kurzweil predict – one day, humans and AI-based computers could come together as cyborgs and give rise to transhumanism!  Are you ready?

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