Thursday September 17,2015 : JOURNALIST BESTS CEPHEUS A.I. BOT
University invites players to compete with their not-so-unbeatable software.
Our readers will probably recall the efforts of various university computer research departments over the years that have resulted in artificial intelligence (AI) programs capable of playing and winning against human players. Play Cepheus Here
Among these has been the University of Alberta's Cepheus project, which managed to beat one professional but lost to two others in a series of matches earlier this year.
Cepheus was in the news again this week when a Huffington Post writer and very amateur poker player, Oliver Leung, took the program on and managed to beat it over around 700 hands.
Whether he could have continued to triumph over longer sessions is open to argument, but the match did show that Cepheus can be bested by a self-admitted under-skilled opponent.
Reports indicate that Cepheus adopted a strategy that proved to be too aggressive for the circumstances.
Groups of up to 4 players are invited by the university research boffins to take a crack at Cepheus as they work on improving the program's capabilities. Details are available on the University of Alberta website.