Elon Musk’s AI beats the world’s top Dota 2 player in the game’s biggest tournament

Written by Muneeb Ahmad ·  1 min read >

Artificial Intelligence from Elon Musk’s startup OpenAI made a surprise appearance at the World’s biggest Dota 2 tournament. The bot went live against the World’s best human Dota 2 players, destroying all of them.

OpenAI took the stage at the Dota 2 International Championship yesterday. It had announced putting its AI against the top human competitors. The software was able to defeat Dendi, one of the top performing Dota 2 players. 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). Sumail, also a TechJuice 25 under 25, is one of the Time Magazine’s top 30 influential teenagers.

“We’ve created a bot which beats the world’s top professionals at 1v1 matches of Dota 2 under standard tournament rules. The bot learned the game from scratch by self-play, and does not use imitation learning or tree search. This is a step towards building AI systems which accomplish well-defined goals in messy, complicated situations involving real humans,” the company said in a press release.

In the best of 3 match, the AI was able to beat Dendi in less than 10 minutes. The same results continued second time, forcing Dendi to surrender.

The Artificial Intelligence, as created by OpenAI, learned the gameplay all by itself, from the scratch. The company claims that the AI was able to defeat the humans not because of its actions-per-minute but due to its live grasp of the opponent’s strategy and planning accordingly. Right now, the company had just developed one single bot. In the future, it aims to develop a complete bot Dota 2 team.

Watch, how AI learned the game:

Watch the match here:

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