The world's best Dota 2 players have been defeated by a bot

Dota 2 - OpenAI Blog

Dota 2 - OpenAI Blog

While its actions per minute aren't any better than that of an average flesh-and-bone player, the choices make a huge difference.

The pro-grade Dota player was quite surprised as he got thrashed by the ruthless AI in two games which ultimately compelled him to cancel further matches.

In accordance with the technical words of the company, Greg Brockman, the bot is able to perform the game of the enemy, and actively learn on their own.

On Friday, the bot entered a best-of-five series with Danil Ishutin, a professional Dota 2 player from Ukraine who goes by the name Dendi.

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.

"It starts out completely random with no knowledge of the world, and simply plays against a copy of itself - which means it always has an evenly matched opponent", Brockman said. The 1v1 format is also a complex game with hidden information.

"League of Legends" (pic) and "Dota 2" have dominated recent PC gaming revenues, says DFC. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go. And rather than attempt a third round, Dendi surrendered.

With its victory over Dendi, the DOTA 2-playing AI remains unbeaten against many top professional players, including SumaiL, the world's top 1-on-1 player, and Arteezy, the world's top overall player.

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". Musk thanked the company via Twitter for allowing Open AI to use the Microsoft Azure crowd computing platform to develop the bot.

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