Computers are now defeating us in casino table games. Libratus, an Artificial Intelligence system developed by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has been squaring off against four professional poker players since Jan 11. Libratus is up nearly $800,000 through 80,000 hands of heads-up no limit Texas Hold'em against the four pros. "It's not about the money," said Jason Les, a professional from Costa Mesa, CA, in an interview with The Verge. With 40,000 hands left to play, the $800,000 deficit is nearly impossible for the humans to make up.
Developers of artificial intelligence (A.I.) now have an added incentive to pursue their work: $5 million dollars. The prize money was announced at the annual TED conference Wednesday, in a joint initiative between tech giant IBM and X Prize, the company behind the world's first private space race to reach the moon. Motivating the backers of this competition is, among other things, a desire to demonstrate the potential benefits to mankind of advances in A.I., but many skeptics have yet to be convinced. "Personally, I am sick and tired of the dystopian conversation around artificial intelligence," said X Prize founder Peter Diamandis when unveiling the prize. The competition challenges teams to "develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive technologies to tackle some of the world's grand challenges," according to an X Prize statement.
One of the machine learning mistakes was the tragic death of Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona by UBER's self-driving car. Initially there was a focus on the fact that machine learning made an error, but in fact, the answer was even more unsatisfying: the algorithm did detect the pedestrian but the car was programed to be less sensitive to potential false positives, causing the image and detection of the pedestrian to be ignored. As people become more aware of the number of decisions driven by artificial intelligence, some have raised a call for so-called "ethical AI." AI is not ethical, but our use of it and tuning definitely is. At FICO World 2018, I sat down with Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov to discuss the hot topics in the world of AI, and asked: What do you think of ethical AI? Watch the video below, and for more of my conversation with Garry Kasparov on AI go to www.fico.com/ai-analytics, Do I agree with Garry?
Companies and developers focused this week on showcasing their latest games and hardware for the upcoming year at E3 2017. However, developer Electronic Arts wants to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to plan out its longer-term future. At a press event Saturday, EA unveiled an internal group dubbed SEED, which is short for its Search For Extraordinary Experiences Division. While details on the new division's goals were initially scant, EA CEO Andrew Wilson highlighted the company's ambitious goals for the group in an interview with Glixel. Read: Apple Siri 2.0 Might Have Machine Learning, Improved AI, Facial Recognition And More Wilson said EA's recent push to make its Frostbite engine the core of its major franchises allowed the studio to start thinking more broadly about what it can do technologically with games.