AI-powered robot beats global bridge champions – IoT World Today

For the first time, an AI-powered robot has beaten eight world bridge champions.

A platform from French startup Nukkia played against eight professional bridge players with 16 world championship titles among them at an event in Paris.

Co-founders Véronique Ventos and Jean-Baptiste Fantun developed the AI ​​system to play bridge rather than chess or the game of Go. They believed the game “reflected many of the decision-making challenges we face in real life”.

The game may involve several players who do not have all the information. They must also develop strategies for moving.

“AI generally relies on digital methods linked to neural networks, and deep learning, following the progress of computer power. Unfortunately, these approaches do not provide explanations that a human can understand. Nukkai’s AI is based on innovative hybrid methods,” Ventos said. She was named by Forbes as the third most influential woman in the AI ​​space.

The French startup has developed a platform that analyzes the game and the strategies deployed by other players. The AI ​​tool then relays the robot’s information to the human player or illustrates to the opponent how the robot’s strategy can win the game.

“One of the biggest challenges in AI is how to foster trust in AI-powered systems. Humans and businesses alike are increasingly uncomfortable with AI algorithms of ‘black box’ types that don’t indicate how decisions were made,” Fantun said.

Nukkai’s model is designed to be easily understood by people. “Black box” AI has been criticized for its limited human-machine interactions and lack of transparency. The company’s AI platform explains the suggestions and available options to the operator, unlike the black box AI. Individuals weigh their choices and make the final decisions.

Another feature of Nukkia’s AI platform is its power consumption. The company’s technology uses 200,000 times less energy than the one that beat the Go game world champion.

Nukkai has been working with the French defense industry for a few years. The company is also in talks with airlines to deploy its software tool in the aerospace sector.

Startup modeling can be used as a cybersecurity tool, allowing users to decide which processes to automate and how to decipher relevant data. Their product, Kartoon, has been used in French schools to teach math and cognitive skills to children.

Nukkia was developed with the help of Jean Zay, the most powerful supercomputer in France, with the support of the National Center for Scientific Research.

This article first appeared in IoT World Today’s sister publication, AI Business.

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