Yesterday, during The International, Valve's yearly Dota 2 tournament, a bot created by Elon Musk-backed startup OpenAI defeated some of the game's best players. While its actions per minute aren't any better than that of an average flesh-and-bone player, the choices make a huge difference.
"Maybe if I played it a lot of times", Dendi ponders as he loses, perhaps questioning whether fighting back against the machines is futile or not.
The team behind OpenAI plan on extending the bot's capabilities with the hope it can compete in 5-v-5 matches at Dota 2 tournaments next year.
"We just let it play lifetimes of 1v1 against itself, and coached it on what we thought was good or bad".
The bot kept playing until it's skill level reached that of the world's best Dota 2 players, he added. OpenAI is now working on a 5 on 5 bot as well. "Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go", tweeted Musk. In the second game, after the AI scored a quick kill, Dendi threw in the towel, saying that the bot was simply "too strong!" In a promo video shown before the match we see the bot besting some of the game's top players, including Evil Genius' cores Arteezy and Sumail. ― AFP picThat hasn't stopped the foundation from working on fun projects, such as a bot that not only learned to play popular videogame Dota 2, but it has successfully beat world-class players. Right now, the company had just developed one single bot.
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.
As they plan to explore the 5v5 Dota in the future, Elon Musk thanked Microsoft for use of their Azure cloud computing platform as it required massive processing power.