William Gibson brings news that the Turing Police are real and they're patrolling online poker.

"We are pleased to report that 'rs03rs03' is human."
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9 Responses:

  1. rnb says:

    I've played against rs03rs03 quite a few times in cheapo DONs. You would never know he multitables to the extent that he does given his response times and he never struck me as being particularly bad (although the level of play at the tables he frequents is pretty bad in general.) I heard a few days ago that he's down on the year, winnings-wise.

  2. fantasygoat says:

    It's amazing the resources that are brought to bear when money is involved.

  3. sivart13 says:

    In the end, rs03rs03 averages 120 tables at once when at full speed, playing about 100,000 hands over the course of about 55,800 seconds. That's about 1.8 hands per second (slightly more actions, though, since some hands are multi-decision).

    I think "human" might be pushing it.

  4. jkonrath says:

    Did he have a dream about a unicorn?

  5. lloydwood says:

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  6. latemodel says:

    It's so nice of the Turing squad to let me know how to optimize my new poker bot. All I have to do is train it to mimic my play characteristics within a reasonable measure.

    • jwz says:

      Well that's tautological: "to pass the Turing Test, act like a human."

      • latemodel says:

        Pretty much, yes. I'm saying that they've tipped their hand by saying what sorts of measures they use to determine humanness.

        Specifically I was getting at the core of their test: #1, that the player has certain characteristics, for instance hesitation, error rate, that they have measured and which are presumably reasonable; #2, that what they are measuring is in fact coordination between the characteristics of the online play and the characteristics of the human play.