While the success of AI on the virtual poker felt is something to be heralded, what with the news that it can now beat a 6-handed table of pros at Texas Hold’em, one might postulate that humanity’s in dire straits and that it might as well fold before even looking at its hole cards.
Not so, poker players; not so. If you want to maintain human dominance over AI, simply gravitate to the umpteen other forms of poker it has yet to master, or even tackle. Mixed games beckon, my friends!
Ever since the debut of the original AI poker bot (called Orac) back in the early 1980s, developers have continued making strides forward with artificial intelligence poker software.
The infographic presented here, along with an explanatory article, contains some fascinating information about artificial intelligence in general and poker’s affiliation with AI in particular. Certainly worth checking out!
Finally the world decides to pay attention to poker, but the story they’re interested in is that Libratus, an artificial intelligence program devised by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, beat humans at the game. How sad.
Sometimes you have to swim against the tide. With mainstream media shouting to the heavens that “humans are doomed at poker”, I felt the need to pen an op-ed in defense of humanity. Let’s not forget what makes poker so engaging and enjoyable: it’s the PEOPLE! That’s what the world ought to be paying more attention to.