Elon Musk's AI Just "Wiped Out" World's Best DOTA 2 Players

Angelica Greene
August 12, 2017

As artificial intelligence has already mastered the ancient game of Go, researchers are now moving on to complicated games of a more modern variety, like the massively popular MOBA title Dota 2.

The bot made its worldwide debut at The global, the largest esports tournament in the world with a prize pool of $24 million. From what Brockman said, it seems that the company is hoping that the bot keeps on learning as quickly as it now is, and improve upon its cooperative techniques to take on a full team of professionals before long.

It was a 1 vs 1 Dota 2 match in a controlled environment but the AI's success is still remarkable.

OpenAI first ever to defeat world's best players in competitive eSports.

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OpenAI, a startup funded by Elon Musk, has developed an AI bot for DOTA 2 that's managed to beat the very best DOTA 2 players in 1v1 matches. Our next step is to create a team of Dota 2 bots which can compete and collaborate with the top human teams.

"We just let it play lifetimes of 1v1 against itself, and coached it on what we thought was good or bad", Brockman said in a video played before the match.

After Google's Artificial Intelligence AlphaGo beating the best human minds in the Go tournament, it is time for the next AI to beat the modern day gamers.

In fairness, the website admits the bot was built "in collaboration with Valve" so it's possible they had a little insider knowledge, even if the creators insist the bot has the same actions per minutes (APM) as an average player. Afterwards, Dendi admitted he was surprised at how easily the bot beat a human player, adding that it felt "a little like human, but a little like something else".

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