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Technobyte: Artificial Intelligence beats professional poker players

By distracting patients, VR (Virtual Reality)could minimise the cost and risk of operations—and allow doctors to operate on patients outside the hospital.

Dr Mosso a 54-year-old surgeon at Panamerican University in Mexico City, is on a mission to bring virtual reality into the operating room, using the high-tech distraction technique to carry out surgeries that would normally require powerful painkillers and sedatives, with nothing more than local anaesthetic.

He’s trying to prove that reducing drug doses in this way not only slashes costs for Mexico’s cash-strapped hospitals, but cuts complications and recovery times for patients, too.

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This week I have been playing with Apple’s Airpods which are now available in South Africa.

The wireless headphones I initially thought were gimmicky but they actually work really well and sit quite comfortably in your ears even during exercising. And they incredibly easy to use.

Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear. Introducing AirPods.

Simplicity and technology, together like never before. The result is completely magical. The only thing with the Airpods, is that they look awkward as the stick out your ears but you do adapt to that very quickly.

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Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

They’d show up before 11 am, wearing sweatpants and stylish sneakers, and sit down in front of computer screens. Each of them was supposed to play 1,500 hands of heads-up no limit Texas Hold ‘Em online before they could go back to the hotel for the night.

Every time one of the players made a move, the action was transmitted to a computer server sitting five miles away at Carnegie Mellon University. From there, a signal would travel another 12 miles to their opponent, a piece of software called Libratus running at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in Monroeville, a nearby suburb. Libratus played eight hands at once — two against each opponent.

Coming from a human player, behavior like this would be irritating, reckless and, over the long run, expensive. But Libratus’s main attribute as a poker player is that it’s inhumanly good. When the 20-day tournament at Rivers came to an end Monday, the humans had lost $1.8 million.

www.bloomberg.com

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