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

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

The end result? OpenAI absolutely decimated established eSports champ Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin in a segment that popped up during Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament.

The team behind OpenAI plan on extending the bot's capabilities with the hope it can compete in 5-v-5 matches at Dota 2 tournaments next year.

"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. OpenAI stated that its AI had been performing at the championship and it has already defeated the Pakistan-based gamer Sumail (the world's best 1v1 player), and Arteezy (the world's overall top player).

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. "This is a step towards building AI systems which accomplish well-defined goals in messy, complicated situations involving real humans", the company said in a press release.

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It's not only Google's AI that has the potential to defeat humans in their own game. The same results continued second time, forcing Dendi to surrender.

Artificial Intelligence is now one topic, about which people are really divided and quite skeptical. Although AI's action-per-minute was found to be in comparison to the average human player skill level, it was able to slowly able to learn from the mistakes and develop intuitive skills to beat even the best in the game. "We didn't program it to understand the rules of Dota", says Greg from OpenAI, the team of researchers and engineers that developed the bot.

The bot's victory, then, adds up to more than just fun and games.

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