Elon Musk's AI bot beats world-class gamers at Dota 2

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The robots are coming for the human race, and they're going to turn us into fleshy batteries. which is totally cool if it means I get to come back as an impossibly handsome jiu-jitsu master.

Elon Musk's been one of the loudest voices in tech about the dangers of AI - even setting up a foundation, OpenAI with a mission: "discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence".

The bot which had been playing with several players in the world both amateurs and professionals, today faced the Dendi (one of the leaders in Dota 2) at the main stage of The International (annual Dota 2 tournament).

OpenAI first ever to defeat world's best players in competitive eSports. Dendi lost the first game two kills to one (he managed to kill the bot at the same time as it killed him the second time, securing the win). The bot learned the game from scratch by self-play, and does not use imitation learning or tree search.

Dota 2, which is played by over 10 million people monthly is normally played between two teams of 5 players with the goal of collectively destroying a large structure defended by the opposing team known as the "Ancient", whilst defending their own.

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"Our bot is trained entirely through self play". The company says its "next step is to create a team of Dota 2 bots which can compete and collaborate with the top human teams" - meaning that if it applies the same impressive technology, next year's TI8 might have a full team of robotic challengers.

Greg Brockman, himself, appeared to be impressed by the success of the method.

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

"He's too strong", Dendi said with a smile, referring to the bot.

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