A bot just defeated one of the world's best video gamers

Dota 2 - OpenAI Blog

Check out the gameplay the bot shows off - with players even saying that it plays in a very human-like manner. While this was a less complex, 1v1 battle, OpenAI is working on another bot that could play against and alongside humans in a larger 5v5 battle.

Hopefully our best and brightest DOTA 2 players can eventually fend off the computer programs that threaten to usurp their dominance. Players control one of dozens of different characters with varying abilities, and compete to collect items and control territory.

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. OpenAI hopes to have its bot mastering five-on-fives by next year's Invitational, though.

Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against. A second round ended similarly, with Dendi surrendering after a few minutes. In the meantime, the company said it will soon let anybody play against the bot.

What's particularly impressive about the feat is that winning in Dota tasks players with building intuition about what their opponents will do, and building a corresponding game plan. Still, OpenAI's not stopping there.

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

"What we've built here is a general learning system which is still limited in a number of ways, but it's still capable enough to beat the best human pros at Dota", Brockman said.

OpenAI is a project created by Musk, in order to combat the possibility of rogue artificial intelligence.

This, again, is all part of Musk's plan. Right now, AI may not be a global menace to society - but it's certainly terrifying in a Dota 2 match.

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