S3:E8 Adam Kucharski – The Perfect Bet


Author Background:

Adam Kucharski is an assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  His research uses mathematical and statistical models to understand disease outbreaks.  In 2014, he was recruited to analyze the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.  Adam earned his PhD in applied maths at the University of Cambridge.

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Five Good Questions:  

  1.  What is it about gambling that seems to attract world-class mathematicians throughout history?
  2. What mathematical techniques have been best applied successfully to gambling?
  3. What was the genesis and evolution of Monte Carlo simulation?  What are its shortcomings?
  4. Why is poker such a good challenge for artificial intelligence?
  5. In free chess, computers-plus-human hybrids are still currently getting the best of computer-only opponents.  What are the implications for other domains like gambling and investing?

With gratitude,

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