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

12 August 2017, 10:09 | Lucia Cruz

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Hopefully our best and brightest DOTA 2 players can eventually fend off the computer programs that threaten to usurp their dominance. Not shockingly, Elon Musk was watching along and had some thoughts of his own, calling unregulated AI vastly more risky than North Korea.

In a surprise event Friday (Aug. 11), Elon Musk-backed research lab OpenAI announced it had built an AI bot that could beat professional e-sports players at Dota 2, an extremely popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, in 1-on-1 matches.

Dota 2 is normally played as a 5-vs-5 team game, so limiting the bot to a 1-on-1 match greatly reduces the complexity. Teams of players use powerful characters, called "heroes", to battle each other. 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.

But when the game kicked off, it became clear Open AI's bot was a different beast. A second round ended similarly, with Dendi surrendering after a few minutes. But after his defeat, Dendi said the bot "feels a little like [a] human, but a little like something else", too.

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Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against.

This isn't the first time a bot has made waves in the gaming world.

The Artificial Intelligence, as created by OpenAI, learned the gameplay all by itself, from the scratch. 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. Right now, the company had just developed one single bot.

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

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