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

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The computer player was built, trained and optimized by OpenAI, Elon Musk's AI boffinry squad based in San Francisco, California. Between the event's official games, Valve always includes some fun show matches, and this year it brought in Open AI's aforementioned Dota 2 bot to face off against the game's most famous player, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin, live on the main stage.

The bot made its worldwide debut at The global, the largest esports tournament in the world with a prize pool of $24 million.

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"This bot isn't like anything you've ever played against". OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman said it took two weeks to train the bot, and it had previously beaten the world's top 1v1 player and the overall top-ranked player in the world.

Complex strategy games are all the rage in the AI world at the moment.

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It's not only Google's AI that has the potential to defeat humans in their own game. Footage of those matches can be found on Dota 2 Rapier's YouTube channel. Agents must learn to plan, attack, trick, and deceive their opponents. OpenAI is now working on a 5 on 5 bot as well. The bot learned the game from scratch by self-play, and does not use imitation learning or tree search.

Much as we'd hate to see our favourite teams get thrashed by a team of bots, it's hard to pretend that we're not excited at the prospect. "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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PS: Elon Musk tweeted this evening to say AI is, right now, a bigger threat to the world than North Korea, adding: "Nobody likes being regulated, but everything - cars, planes, food, drugs, etc - that's a danger to the public is regulated".

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