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Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Elon Musk's AI bot beats world-class gamers at Dota 2

Elon Musk's AI bot beats world-class gamers at Dota 2

AI developers have recently shown that computers can dominate the best human players in Go and chess.

Earlier artificial intelligence was won by players and fans.

Elon Musk may be terrified of artificial intelligence (AI) and spreading a message of AI-led doom, but that hasn't stopped him from funding companies that are developing advanced AI.

The MOBA is one of the most popular video games in all of competitive eSports, but no matter how good the best squishy humans are at the game, it seems OpenAI is better.

According to the OpenAI website, their bot has taken down SumaiL and Arteezy as well, the two Dota players best suited to facing off against a bot one on one. One-on-one matches are far less complex than standard five-on-five matches, and it's notable that the machine learning system doesn't use the full range of tactics you see from human rivals.

"Our bot is trained entirely through self play". At the event, the bot faced off against a number of professional players before playing Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin, one of the best players of the game.

Then, Brockman said, it was time to put the bot to the test at The International, which is Dota 2's world championship.

Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against. You can build a pitching machine that throws flawless fastballs all day long, and probably a batting machine that hits them out of the park, but building a team of robotic baseball players is a completely different story. But slowly, they learned strategies that would get them closer to their programmed winning parameters, and after a few weeks and thousands and thousands of games, they became strong enough to defeat the pros. OpenAI says it plans to continue developing its software so it can play full-scale matches.

"Would like to express our appreciation to Microsoft for use of their Azure cloud computing platform", he wrote.

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