Bridges are no longer ruled by humans. Artificial intelligence beats eight world champions

Bridge is often called the most complex card game, because players have to work with incomplete information and at the same time react to the behavior of other opponents.

This, of course, is much more complicated in practice than when you have one opponent against you, as in chess.

“This is something that people can learn if they have enough experience,” said the multiple English champion at Nevena Senior bridge, adding that so far the machine is short for such a complicated game.

The turning point occurred last weekend, the world championship tournament took place in Paris.

A total of 800 hands are played, divided into 80 sets of ten. Artificial intelligence NooK, backed by French tech start-up NukkAI, competes with eight grandmasters.

He crushed the world’s best player without exaggeration as he won 67 of 80 sets. Its success rate is a record 83 percent.

“I am very surprised that today computers can emulate even human abilities that were recently banned for him,” adds Seniorová.

The Guardian rightly calls this a “significant milestone in the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning.” Computers can now handle even large numbers of players at once.

Breakthrough year 2016

Artificial intelligence set an equally important milestone in 2016, when computers beat human grandmasters for the first time in a board game.

The whole game has five games, AlphaGo computer wins 4:1. World champion I Se-dol even decided to “take a break” because of it, when he was only 24 years old.

Unlike chess, where computer programs have been able to beat elite players since the end of the last century, people still have the edge.

This is mainly because ancient Asian board games contained too many combinations for anyone – not even a machine – to calculate in a short amount of time. So the players control the whole game mainly by intuition.

AlphaGo has made itself known several times in recent years. For example, a few years ago, an unknown player caused a lot of commotion on a board game dedicated to the go board game.

He defeated one grandmaster after another, he didn’t lose a single match. It seemed that a new legend was about to be born. In the end, though, it turned out to be a bit of a scam – the computer or AlphaGo program was behind all the moves.

I am Se-dol during the game with AlphaGo

Photo: News1, Reuters

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