OpenAI's Dota 2 bot defeats world's best pro player

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And while Elon Musk is a bit hyperbolic when he says that Dota 2 is "vastly more complex" than Go, it's true that even this limited accomplishment is impressive. "And now, we want to see how it stacks up against the best players in the world". It works kind of like a complex virtual version of capture the flag.

"We just let it play lifetimes of 1v1 against itself, and coached it on what we thought was good or bad".

The billionaire said that when someone is interested in issues of level of safety using bots, now is the time to prepare.

Yesterday, during The International, Valve's yearly Dota 2 tournament, a bot created by Elon Musk-backed startup OpenAI defeated some of the game's best players. It was flanked by burly bodyguards wearing all black, who proceeded to hook up the bot to a computer.

This year's big Dota 2 tournament is now in its second to last day with only four teams remaining in competition.

Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin. Image credit Deluxe Battery
Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin. Image credit Deluxe Battery

"They're pretty bad", one player said. In the second game, after the AI scored a quick kill, Dendi threw in the towel, saying that the bot was simply "too strong!"

The bot went up against famous midlaners Danil "Dendi" Ishutin, Syed "Sumail" Hassan, and Artour "Arteezy" Babaev in three mid-only Shadow Fiend mirror matches.

"I am sure it is possible to beat it".

This isn't the first time a bot has made waves in the gaming world.

Artificial intelligence took a step forward last night, at an annual tournament for players of the tactical wargame Defense of the Ancients 2. The fear of the AI system evolving into Skynet has since been debunked, but combined with the DOTA 2-playing OpenAI bot, we can't help but wonder what the future holds for the technology. Musk thanked the company via Twitter for allowing Open AI to use the Microsoft Azure crowd computing platform to develop the bot. "This required massive processing power".

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