READ: Poker Bot Libratus Contracted for U.S. Military Use

An AI that crushed the top human poker players has been repurposed for the U.S. military.

Back in 2017, poker players looked on in fascination — and, just maybe, horror — as an artificial intelligence developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon destroyed four of the top human no-limit hold'em players to the tune of over $1.7 million over the course of 120,000 hands.

The story had wide-ranging implications on a number of different fronts, making it one of PokerNews' top 10 stories of the year. Not only had computers caught and surpassed human capabilities in no-limit hold'em — just two years after the computer was trounced in a similar match — but AI had conquered a new frontier. The incredibly large number of decision points and possibilities in no-limit, and the fact that a computer had figured out such a complex system, pointed to a world of possibilities in the future for AI.

As 2019 dawns, at least one immediate use of that AI has come to light: it'll be repurposed for use by the U.S. military as part of a reported $10 million contract. Wired has the story on the immediate future of "Libratus" and where it might fit in a broader picture of global military adoption of AI.

READ: "A Poker Playing Robot Goes to Work for the Pentagon" on Wired

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  • Wired reports that Libratus will be contracted to the U.S. military as part of a $10 million deal.

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