Veronique Ventos, a senior researcher at Paris Saclay, started working on bridge in 2015. She learned bridge in 2004 and is now an expert player. She has published several papers on the subject. Her methods helped bridge program WBridge5 win twice the World Computer Bridge Championships in 2016 and 2017. She and some fellow researchers gradually convinced themselves that bridge was no less than the next milestone for Artificial Intelligence. She gathered scientists from different AI communities and bridge experts to launch the international Alphabridge ( now 𝝂Bridge ) project that grew very quickly. In 2018, prominent entrepreneurs joined ship and NukkAI was born, a private AI Lab whose primary objective is to focus on the bridge challenge.
To crack a game, a program has to play optimally ; but to solve it, the program's strategy must also be explainable in human understandable terms. NukkAI goals are twofold :
> Create an AI that could win machine vs human challenges.
> Build a system that will extract human-readable rules expliciting the reasons for decision-making. In short, it is about solving the bridge game.
Latest Info from Veronique Ventos about the development of Nook: (new)
"We work on the defence but with a research goal. A fully functional Bot would be possible if we plug our methods on an existing bot since we don't want to spend time on specifications etc. We have not yet selected any bot"
Data Driven Paris - The Game of Bridge - V Ventos NukkAI 2019
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