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Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Takes on Chinese Poker Players


Poker chips in cyberspace.

An artificial intelligence developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will face off against six professional Chinese poker players in an exhibition match.

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) to compete against six professional Chinese poker players in a 36,000-hand exhibition match in China.

The Lengpudashi AI is a variant of Libratus, another CMU-developed AI that in January defeated top poker players at Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em.

However, CMU professor Tuomas Sandholm, who received the 2001 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, says the new event is not a scientific experiment. The exhibition will involve Lengpudashi and its human rivals playing for 10 hours a day, with the human players each playing two hands at a time. Lengpudashi will operate on the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges computer.

"I am very excited to take this new kind of AI technology to China," says Sandholm. "I want to explore various commercial opportunities for this in poker and a host of other application areas, ranging from recreational games and business strategy to strategic pricing, cybersecurity, and medicine."

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