OpenAI bot defeats best human players in Dota 2 videogame

13 August 2017, 09:09 AM
video game Dota 2
video game Dota 2

An Artificial intelligence programme has beaten one of the world's best players of the smart-hit video game "Dota 2."

In a one-on-one exhibition match, a bot designed by OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence research nonprofit co-chaired by Tesla Motors CEO Musk and Y Combinator President Sam Altman, defeated Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin, who is a professional player.

OpenAI's bot defeated Dendi in the first match in about ten minutes; Dendi resigned from the second match, and declined to play a third.

OpenAI had claimed before the match that its new system was better at the smash-hit video game than professional players. The organization made a surprise appearance on stage at The International, developer Valve's flagship $24 million "Dota 2" tournament, just to prove it.

In a video ahead of the match-up, OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman explained that the company's special bot was trained by playing a "thousand lifetimes" of matches against itself, with "coaching" from the company.

Artificial intelligence companies have a history of using video games to test their technology: Google's DeepMind has tackled "StarCraft 2," while a Microsoft AI team recently claimed to attain the high score in Ms. Pac-Man.


First Published: Sunday, August 13, 2017 09:03 AM

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