Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Forget Watson, What About Poker Bots

Computers just keep getting more and more intelligent with advances in artificial intelligence. First, there was Deep Blue, which beat world champions at chess. Now there is Watson, which can take a complex game requiring natural language processing (Jeopardy) and beat most humans.

But what about poker? Poker is more complicated, because a good part of it involves reading people and determining how aggressively they are playing and also reading when the same person shifts from a more aggressive to less aggressive mode of play. So far, poker playing computers have not done so well, but it turns out that apparently some are starting to learn, as illustrated by this New York Times article.

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