In a poker contest of man vs. machine, the results are in. Humans-2. Polaris-1. (And one draw.)
On Tuesday night, Phil Laak and Ali Esmali, two professional poker players, faced off against a computer program called Polaris, which was developed over 26 years at the University of Alberta. The contest, held at the American Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) conference in Vancouver, Canada, was one of the first scientific poker contests involving real players.
In the end, Polaris beat Laak and Esmali in the first match of 500 hands; tied the second match; then lost the last … Read more