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Cory-Ann Joseph

Why a poker-playing AI should have designers looking for a new job

Cory-Ann Joseph UX Lead ANZ

A 2013 report called 'The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?' left some occupations like soccer umpires feeling very vulnerable, and designers feeling very smug. However as a weird mix of content strategist, UX designer and former poker player my smug job-secure world was thrown upside down by the success of the Libratus poker AI in January of this year - the first to comprehensively beat multiple poker professionals over a series of four days.

If you’re wondering what poker has to do with design - the answer is a lot! In this talk I’ll cover why the mix of probability, pattern-matching, human behaviour and context in poker strategy is a good model for design, how game theory in poker strategy might be used to ‘solve’ design (and possibly front-end dev!), where design AI efforts are at, and why we should stop treating AI like a digital butler and start imagining the tools of the future - even it if puts you out of a job.

Cory-Ann Joseph

Cory started working with the internet way back in 2001 when she chanced her way into a position as web content editor for the Aussie version of the X-Games. Since then she's dabbled in PR, marketing, events management, a skateboard shop, worked as a barista, accrued a blank IMDB profile, run pub poker tournaments in rural NSW, and dropped out of Bible college - amongst other things. She spent most of the last decade in Ireland managing design teams at Paddy Power and Mobile Travel Technologies, and currently works as a UX Lead at ANZ.

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