Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Science | By Tyler Owen

A Bot Just Defeated One Of The World's Best Video Gamers

A Bot Just Defeated One Of The World's Best Video Gamers

The robots are coming for the human race, and they're going to turn us into fleshy batteries. which is totally cool if it means I get to come back as an impossibly handsome jiu-jitsu master.

Artificial Intelligence is now one topic, about which people are really divided and quite skeptical.

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.

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.

It frequently displayed advanced tactics perfectly, blocking smaller units, luring Dendi into traps, and aggressively taking strategic position and using it to punish its human prey. "Our next step is to create a team of Dota 2 bots which can compete and collaborate with the top human teams", read the blog.

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"Our bot is trained entirely through self play".

Greg Brockman, Open AI co-founder and chief technology officer, explained the team's methods in a YouTube video posted Friday.

"They're pretty very bad", one player said. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.

There is no doubt that the milestone achieved by the bot is astonishing, however, what's particularly impressive about this feat is that winning in Dota requires players to have an intuition about what their opponents are thinking about doing and then build a corresponding game plan accordingly.

The latest game in which AI has beaten a top human player is Dota 2, a battle arena video game published by Valve, as a sequel to Defense of the Ancients. "This required massive processing power".

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