Elon Musk's AI Just "Wiped Out" World's Best DOTA 2 Players

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For the first time, AI crushed a professional Dota 2 player at the game's biggest tournament

As its Chairman Elon Musk had tweeted, competitive e-Sports are more complex than traditional board games like Chess & Go.

"League of Legends" (pic) and "Dota 2" have dominated recent PC gaming revenues, says DFC.

In an accompanying blog post, OpenAI wrote that its bot had been undefeated over the last few days in Dota 1v1, a "complex game with hidden information [in which] agents must learn to plan, attack, trick, and deceive their opponents".

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. Players control one of dozens of different characters with varying abilities, and compete to collect items and control territory. They then battle over territory on a set map, killing smaller, computer-controlled units to increase their power and attempting to kill one another to give their team an advantage (think of a kill, which knocks a player's hero out of the game for a set amount of time, like a power play in hockey). Because this was a side attraction, the bot wasn't eligible for prize money.

"They're pretty bad", one player said.

The latest game in which AI has beaten a top human player is Dota 2, a battle arena video game published by Valve, as a sequel to Defense of the Ancients.

Players expressed surprise at the many human-like qualities the bot expressed, but Dendi did add that the bot felt a "little like something else" as well. "I need more time [to practice] I guess". "This guy is really scary", Dendi kept saying, and at one point yelped "Please stop bullying me!" when the bot rushed at him aggressively. "But it has no room for even slight mistakes", he wrote. Right now, the company had just developed one single bot.

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