Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Doreen King

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

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

Also, this has been the very first instance of an artificially intelligent system defeating world class players in an eSports competition.

This one from Open AI - a nonprofit artificial intelligence research firm known mainly for its backing by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, of Tesla and SpaceX fame - is a different story, and possibly a cautionary one. Dendi lost the first game two kills to one (he managed to kill the bot at the same time as it killed him the second time, securing the win). Even for new players, playing against bots is generally only encouraged for those that have absolutely no MOBA experience. The next step, Brockman added, was training the bot to play as five players at once, and take on a full team of professionals. At a certain level, most pros are good enough to find strategies and weaknesses in the bot's play style that they can exploit and beat the bots easily.

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Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against.

It's not only Google's AI that has the potential to defeat humans in their own game. "This bot can learn from scratch in about two weeks of real time", Brockman said. You can build a pitching machine that throws ideal 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.

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What's particularly impressive about the feat is that winning in Dota tasks players with building intuition about what their opponents will do, and building a corresponding game plan.

While bots have mastered games like Chess and Go, video games like DOTA 2 are still a challenge, but one that OpenAI seems equal to.

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