French artificial intelligence start-up NukkAI has signed a contract with Thales to develop an AI-based data fusion solution for military applications.
Thales believes military analysts in operations centers face significant challenges in extracting relevant information from the huge volumes of data generated by multiple sources such as video and audio streams, websites, Twitter feeds, satellite imagery, social media, and telephone conversations. According to Thales, real-time data analytics will enable them to develop advanced military strategies with greater efficiency.
As a result, Thales is planning to implement NukkAI’s solution in a number of its military data processing programs. When operators are swamped by information, the solution will use real-time data exploitation and fusion methods to automatically review the knowledge available so that analysts can focus on elements of interest.
The explainable AI technology developed by NukkAI was put to the test during the world bridge tournament in March 2022, successfully beating eight human world champions at the card game. According to Thales, the demonstration confirmed the potential of this approach for the development of innovative applications in various sectors of the industry.
David Sadek, Vice President for Research, Technology & Innovation, who is in charge of the AI projects at Thales, said: “This pilot project represents a real technological milestone for military applications of AI, enabling analysts to focus on the tasks where human beings can provide the most added value. The partnership with NukkAI is fully in line with our Thales TrUE AI approach, which favours the use of AI solutions that are trusted, safe, secure, explainable and responsible.”
Jean-Baptiste Fantun, co-founder and CEO of NukkAI, added: “There are multiple use cases for our solution in cybersecurity, education, industry, banking and insurance and in any other area where data from multiple sources needs to be combined, where outcomes need to be explainable and where human operators need to retain control at all times.”