Q&A – How Science is Taking the Luck out of Gambling

Is stock market investing to do with luck or skill? Why do people counting cards tend to get found out? Are there any games that humans are still better at? Adam Kurcharski answers questions from the audience after his talk.
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From the statisticians forecasting sports scores to the intelligent bots beating human poker players, Adam Kucharski traces the scientific origins of the world’s best gambling strategies. Spanning mathematics, psychology, economics and physics, he reveals the long and tangled history between betting and science, and explains how gambling shaped everything from probability to game theory, and chaos theory to artificial intelligence.

Adam Kucharski is a Lecturer at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where his research focusses on the dynamics of infectious diseases, particularly emerging infections. Prior to this, he got a degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick, received a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge and had a post-doc position at Imperial College London.

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