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In a lengthy interview on the Daily Dot, Adam Kucharski, author of The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling, discusses How Big Data And Poker-Playing Bots Are Blurring The Line Between Man And Machine:

You have these poker bots, instead of learning to play repeatedly, they’re developing incredibly human traits. Some of these bots, people just treat them like humans: they refer to them in human terms because they bluff and they deceive and they feign aggression. Historically, we think of these behaviors as innate to our species, but we’re seeing now that potentially these are traits you could have with artificial intelligence. To some extent it’s blurring the boundaries between what we think is human and what’s actually something that can be learned by machine.