Elon Musk's OpenAI playing Dota 2

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An AI from Elon Musk’s startup is beating the world’s best Dota 2 players

The bot is kicking major 'Dota 2' butt.


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 13, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:46 pm CDT

Elon Musk‘s OpenAI project has created a proficient Dota 2 gamer AI—so skilled that it’s even beat some of the best players in the world.

On Friday night, During Valve’s annual Dota 2 tournament, OpenAI presented players and fans with an AI bot that, in just two weeks, learned enough from itself and from Dota 2 pros that it’s begun to beat the legends. The bot then went onto defeat pro player Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin in a live 1-vs-1 match—twice.

Musk himself has lauded it as the first AI to defeat players in competitive esports.

To train the bot, OpenAI engineers said they matched the bot with a copy of itself, then turned it onto professional players. Ishutin himself remarked that the bot felt a little like a real person, but forfeited future matches with his opponent after such crushing losses. And though the bot’s demonstration was limited in gameplay, they’re hoping to extend its capabilities to compete in the full game in a 5-vs-5 match next year.

Given Musk’s concern with AIs above North Korea, hopefully OpenAI’s bots might have wider capabilities by then.

H/T the Verge

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*First Published: Aug 13, 2017, 8:21 am CDT