From online poker rooms to the bedroom, bots are taking over.
In what may be the most ridiculously overstated story we’ve seen yet in the "sky is falling on online poker" category, or since the Flight of the Conchords predicted the death of humans by the year 2000, Dallas Observer tech blogger Andrew Smith argues that "online poker sites seem doomed" because of poker bots that he claims "can beat any human player."
"Why? Because there’s no real way to tell a program from a person. Crooks will enter programs — or poker bots –as people. Human players will consistently lose. Eventually, all but the stupidest humans will just stop playing."
To support his claim that bots "can beat any human player" Smith points to the recent Man-Machine Poker Competition in which Polaris, a poker bot created by the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group, beat a few of the guys from Stoxpoker.com in a series of heads-up matches at the WSOP.
Yep, win one tournament and that’s proof you can beat ’em all (
eg. Jerry Yang, Jamie Gold, Chris Moneymaker, Robert Varkonyi)
Interestingly enough, one of the guys who helped develop Polaris, Dr. Darse Billings, responded to Smith’s article calling his conclusion "ridiculous." Says Billings:
Okay, that wasn’t really as interesting as much as it was long and didn’t include any pictures to keep our attention but Billings seems really smart–he juggles rubiks cubes for crying out loud–so we’ll take his word for it that bots aren’t going to bring down online poker anytime soon.
Relatedly, the Keeley Hazell of sex bots (NSFW?).