A security staff member at The International Dota 2 Championships holds up a thumb drive containing code for an AI bot programmed to play esports. Dota 2 master Dendi stands onstage in the background. (OpenAI via YouTube)
The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle have turned esports into hugely popular team sports – and today alpha geek Elon Musk took the occasion to tout a different kind of team effort.
Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is also a big supporter of OpenAI, a nonprofit research company aimed at boosting artificial intelligence architectures and applications that benefit humanity.
Today, OpenAI showed off an AI bot that vanquished Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, one of the world’s top Dota 2 players, in a one-vs.-one demonstration match.
“OK, this guy is scary,” Ishutin said. The crowd at KeyArena groaned as the bot crushed Ishutin’s game avatars.
Ishutin was beaten badly in the first match, forfeited a second match, and refused to play a third.
He’s not the only player to feel the burn.
“Over the past week, our bot was undefeated against many top professionals including SumaiL (top 1v1 player in the world) and Arteezy (top overall player in the world),” OpenAI said in a blog post recapping the action.
Dota 2 built up its video-game skills not by processing the results of human-vs.-human contests, but by playing itself over and over again.
“This is a step toward building more general systems that can learn really complicated, messy and important real-world tasks, like being a surgeon,” OpenAI’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Greg Brockman, said after the match.
In Musk’s eyes, OpenAI’s win was an achievement bigger than Google DeepMind’s development of AlphaGo, the AI bot that has bested the world’s top players of the ancient game of Go:
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