As AI bots continue to impress in classic board games like Chess and Go, an Elon Musk-backed OpenAI bot has managed to comprehensively beat the world's finest Dota 2 gamer, Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin, in a live one-on-one showdown at The International, Valve's yearly Dota 2 eSports tournament.
It was a landmark moment for Open AI, which has a mission to promote "responsible" AI.
The bot kept playing until its skill level reached that of the world's best Dota 2 players, he added.
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"We've created a bot which beats the world's top professionals at 1v1 matches of Dota 2 under standard tournament rules".
"This bot isn't like anything you've ever played against". The bot crushed Dendi.
A video introduction for the bot showed various (human) Dota 2 players sharing their opinions on bots.
Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against. You can build a pitching machine that throws flawless fastballs all day long, and probably a batting machine that hits them out of the park, but building a team of robotic baseball players is a completely different story. "But it [has] no room for even slight mistakes", Ishutin tweeted after the match. OpenAI's bot, however, b no weaknesses in the few minutes the world watched it play at TI7. Google's AI, AlphaGo, became so advanced at playing the ancient game of Go, that it was able to beat whatever human master was thrown at it. In response to the games he said, the bot "feels a little like [a] human, but a little like something else". "This guy is really scary", Dendi kept saying, and at one point yelped "Please stop bullying me!" when the bot rushed at him aggressively.
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