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

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

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

In the 1v1 format, however, both players are assigned the same hero, Shadow Fiend, a popular offensive hero favored by numerous world's best central-role (known as mid lane) players.

Artificial intelligence took a step forward last night, at an annual tournament for players of the tactical wargame Defense of the Ancients 2.

Elon Musk may be terrified of artificial intelligence (AI) and spreading a message of AI-led doom, but that hasn't stopped him from funding companies that are developing advanced AI.

This afternoon, Musk tweeted that a bot built by his non-profit, OpenAI, beat several of the world's best players at the video game, Dota 2.

Or, as Musk puts it, to ensure that AI doesn't grow unchecked and become the death of humanity. OpenAI stated that its AI had been performing at the championship and it has already defeated the Pakistan-based gamer Sumail (the world's best 1v1 player), and Arteezy (the world's overall top player).

Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against. Even for new players, playing against bots is generally only encouraged for those that have absolutely no MOBA experience.

The next big step for the project is to create a team of five that can compete against a full squad at next year's global, according to OpenAI. Greg Brockman, leader of the OpenAI Dota 2 team, said that in the early stages, the dueling Shadow Fiends just ran aimlessly around the map until they died. A second round ended similarly, with Dendi surrendering after a few minutes. "This bot can learn from scratch in about two weeks of real time", Brockman said.

Success in Dota requires players to develop intuitions about their opponents and plan accordingly. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.

This isn't the first time a bot has made waves in the gaming world.

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