An artificial intelligence created by non-profit research company OpenAI has beaten the world’s best Dota 2 gamers at this year’s The International, a premier professional gaming event.
The victory adds to Google’s AlphaGo triumph earlier this year, but OpenAI co-founder Elon Musk says that Dota 2 is “vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go”.
OpenAI first ever to defeat world's best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017
Dota is indeed an extremely complicated game, requiring intensive strategising and hours upon hours of learning time.
In a video promoting the software, co-founder and CTO Greg Brockman says that the AI trained itself completely by playing against itself until it reached the level of the world’s best players.
Would like to express our appreciation to Microsoft for use of their Azure cloud computing platform. This required massive processing power.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017
Using Microsoft’s Azure cloud processing platform, the AI was successfully hosted at The International, beating pro Dota player Danylo Ishutin before downing various other attendees.
Bot is really fun and challenging to play against :) I am sure it is possible to beat it . But it have no room for even slight mistakes— Danil Ishutin (@DendiBoss) August 12, 2017
OpenAI aims to share its research with the world, promoting the potential benefits of AI for humanity. Judging from this result, the company is well on its way to developing something powerful.
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