OpenAI Bot Remains Undefeated against World's Greatest Dota 2 Players

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During the famous Dota 2 tournament a bot from Elon Musk defeated two of the best Dota players in the world. 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.

"Maybe if I played it a lot of times", Dendi ponders as he loses, perhaps questioning whether fighting back against the machines is futile or not. "It starts out completely random with no knowledge of the world, and simply plays against a copy of itself - which means it always has an evenly matched opponent", he said. Was he indirectly comparing the OpenAI bot with AlphaGo?

"We've created a bot which beats the world's top professionals at 1v1 matches of Dota 2 under standard tournament rules". The goal is to eventually assemble a full team of AI bots for 5v5 matches and, further down the road, to mix AI players in with human players on a single team. Musk thanked the company via Twitter for allowing Open AI to use the Microsoft Azure crowd computing platform to develop the bot.

"This bot isn't like anything you've ever played against".

According to its makers, the AI bots aren't any better than an average human Dota 2 player in terms of actions-per-minute, but it's the smart choices that the software makes that give it the edge - it can predict where other players will move and improvise new approaches when it gets into tight situations.

The catch, of course, is that 1v1 Dota is not Dota. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go. Still, OpenAI's not stopping there.

The implications, of course, are that a bot that can master complex video games can have other uses too.

Now, AI systems are coming for the best that eSports have to offer. It quickly began to implement research projects, see OpenAI Gym Gives Reinforcement Learning A Work Out and previous year partnered with Microsoft in order to use Azure.

This, again, is all part of Musk's plan.

The tournament took place in the main stadium of the worldwide Dota 2 meetup with as much fanfare as you'd expect at a world championship boxing match.

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