Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

A bot just defeated one of the world's best video gamers

A bot just defeated one of the world's best video gamers

Not shockingly, Elon Musk was watching along and had some thoughts of his own, calling unregulated AI vastly more risky than North Korea.

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.

Musk tweeted that the OpenAI bot was the first one to defeat the world's best eSports players, with a game that is more complex than traditional board games such as chess and Go. Each player chooses from a hundred heroes and hundreds of items.

Greg Brockman, himself, appeared to be impressed by the success of the method.

"We've coached it to learn just from playing against itself", said OpenAI researcher Jakub Pachocki.

The billionaire said that when someone is interested in issues of level of safety using bots, now is the time to prepare.

But when the game kicked off, it became clear Open AI's bot was a different beast. The bot crushed Dendi.

Dendi's thoughts upon the OpenAI bot were interesting, and he noted that the AI "feels a little bit like a human, but at the same time it's something else".

Artificial Intelligence is now one topic, about which people are really divided and quite skeptical. The fear of the AI system evolving into Skynet has since been debunked, but combined with the DOTA 2-playing OpenAI bot, we can't help but wonder what the future holds for the technology. Developers at the startup claim the AI learned to beat top Dota pros after just two weeks of real-time learning.

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

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