Equipped with its various sensors (cameras, wheel movement detector), the AlphAI robot learns to understand its environment and to evolve in the arena. Depending on the learning mode chosen on the graphic interface, it becomes capable, through trial and error, of avoiding walls or following a track on the ground. The public then observes the robot’s behavior change over time and correlates it to the changes made on the graphical interface, which represents the neural network of the artificial intelligence. For the time being, the Learning Robots start-up, created in April 2020 with the support of the French Ministry of Education and Bpifrance, is demonstrating the robot in classrooms or at trade fairs. AlphAI is now being marketed in France and abroad, and the start-up hopes to expand rapidly.
Thanks to this playful and original approach to AI, Thomas Deneux aims to initiate future generations. “AI has become important in everyday life and will surely be taught in schools. It is necessary to develop new pedagogical tools now,” says the researcher-entrepreneur. Training these generations as early as possible in the main principles of AI will help them to better understand the technical and societal challenges.
Thomas DENEUX – Research engineer