Carnegie Mellon University has announced that their Claudico artificial intelligence system will face off against four American professional poker players in order to judge the AI's abilities.
The duel is being dubbed the “Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence” clash, and will see Claudico play pro players Doug “WCGRider” Polk, Dong “Donger Kim” Kim, Bjorn Li and Jason Le. The winner of the No Limit Hold'em tournament will take home $100,000, which will be broadcast to players via the Twitch internet streaming platform.
The competition is being monitored in a way that will allow for it to be scientifically analyzed, with skill being the predominate factor. Measures to ensure this will include rotating players between the casino floor as well as an isolation room. The tournament will last for two weeks, and the player (or computer) with the most chips at the end of the time period will win the tournament.
Claudico was created by Carnegie Mellon University's Professor of Computer Science Dr. Tuomas W. Sandholm, and has already taken down several other top poker players.
Artificial intelligence boasting excellent poker chops aren't exactly new-- last year researchers in Alberta debuted its improved Polaris AI, which it claims to be virtually unbeatable in the long run as the software can learn from its mistakes.
Those interested in watching the event can do so here.