The Macau News Agency (MNA) reports that after several years of development, LT Game’s “human-like” robot card game dealers are ready. The robots are now ready to take their place at overseas casinos behind the card tables. Macau could be included as many gaming operators complain on the gaming floors about a shortage of professional talent. The computers are packed with as much creativity as their hard-drive brains can be downloaded.
The new robots version was shown off at Macau’s The Venetian’s recent 2019 MGS Entertainment Show. LT Game Quality Assurance Engineer Ross Zhang was on hand for the demonstration, told MNA on the opening day of the event, “Local casinos lack manpower so we invented this machine in which we keep the fun of the game while avoiding the lack of manpower with this robot.”
Since 2015, the company has brought a robot dealer to the show each year, offering an updated version as the software continued to be built by engineers. The latest edition can only distribute cards and does not include any artificial intelligence (AI),which will come later. Zhang explained to MNA, “If we introduce any AI function into the machine, we are raising an issue on whether the AI will influence the probabilities of the game. We just keep it simple, he just gives the cards.”
Casino robots are coming–it could be five or even ten years. Casinos are already integrating other forms of AI into their operations, including trying to determine who could be the heavy hitters and who wins and loses the most. The software will keep track of every single operation, every payment, every dollar spent on the offerings of the casino by every gambler.
It would not be difficult to incorporate the information into the artificial brain of a robot dealer. Stephen Schwarzman, the Blackstone Group’s billionaire investor, recently said, “AI will shape the world in ways we can’t imagine. The sooner we come to an understanding of AI that ensures its powerful capabilities are a net positive for people and workers, the more wisely we can develop and deploy it.”