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From Poker to Go - How AI Should Be the Latest Investment Craze

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:11 PM EST

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When people think of the future – dating back as far as the 1960s with the cartoon The Jetsons – everyone assumes there will be robots. 2017 has rolled around and we don’t have robot butlers, robot chefs, or robot schoolteachers. But we have made some remarkable moves towards AI technology, which will prove to be the magnet that draws a lot of investment the more enhanced it becomes. While stock prices remain steady for the fledgling AI companies, China looks set to try to corner the market and create a $150 billion artificial intelligence sector. While it may seem as futuristic as The Jetsons, there is actual evidence that the start of AI technology is in effect in our current lives – only it doesn’t seem that way because the robots aren’t the stereotypical kind.

Online poker is a good example of the starts of AI technology being integrated into how things are done. For example, online poker sites are offering players the chance to play live poker games, by hooking up live dealers with players from around the world to create an immersive casino atmosphere. At the moment it is human dealers who engage players in games of Texas Holdem, Omaha or 7 Card Stud, or in the case of 888poker with Face2Face technology players can even see each other while playing from their desktops. The technology showcases how movements in one person’s location can affect how things for others players with an intermediary present. This is essentially how technology will be for the likes of robot salespeople, who will be an intermediary between two real people.

Self-driving cars are also showcasing what AI technology is beginning to be able to do. While not fully operational, early prototypes are showcasing the safety and ease of service. Intel has recently designed a system that would physically prevent autonomous cars from causing road collisions, which is the primary reason for the lack of adoption by the general public. Indeed, the AI issue is an interesting one where handing our lives into the hands of AI is involved, yet one that needs to be addressed before AI becomes the mainstream norm.

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