Is there an algorithm to ensure success at poker? Can chaos theory give you the edge at the roulette table? Join mathematician Adam Kucharski at the how to: Academy to find out how science and mathematics are tipping the tables in gambling, and how the practice of betting has inspired dramatic changes in our understanding of probability, chance and human behaviour.
Gamblers have been trying to figure out how to game the system since our ancestors first made wagers over dice fashioned from knucklebones. Now, in the 21st century, professional gamblers are using cutting-edge techniques to tilt the odds further in their favour. At the roulette wheel, card table or racecourse, science is giving us the competitive edge over opponents, casinos and bookmakers. But is there such a thing as a perfect bet?
In this talk, Kucharski will look beyond probability and statistics to examine how wagers have inspired a plethora of new disciplines - spanning chaos theory, behavioural psychology, machine learning and game theory - which are not just revolutionising gambling, but changing our fundamental notions about chance, randomness and luck.
Explaining why poker is the ultimate challenge for artificial intelligence, how methods originally developed for the US nuclear programme are helping pundits predict sports results and how a new breed of algorithms are managing to lose banks and asset traders millions, Adam Kucharski has the inside track on just about any wager you'd care to place.Read More