Elon Musk has been pretty adamant that Artificial Intelligent may eventually destroy humanity. To prevent that from happening, the tech maven has founded OpenAI – a non-profit start-up which recently created a bot and taught it to play Dota 2.
For those unfaimilar with Dota 2, it’s an online multi-player battle game. Five-person teams will battle against each other as they try to take down a structure called an “Ancient” in the opposing team’s home base. The game is very popular around the world that Valve annually holds an international championship offering millions of dollars as the grand prize.
OpenAI’s bot was a part of the most recent event as one of the main attractions. In a modified one-on-one game, the bot played against Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin who is known as one of the top Dota 2 players in the world. And if you think there’s no way a just-created bot can beat an avid video gamer, who must have played the game countless times to earn the title, you’re completely wrong.
In the first match, the bot defeated Ishutin in ten minutes. He resigned from the second match, and declined to participate in the third one. Still thinking it’s not impressive enough? The bot learned to play Dota 2 by itself.
OpenAI’s Greg Brockman explained that the bot was “trained entirely through self-play. It [started] out completely random with no knowledge of the world, and simply [played] against a copy of itself – which [meant] it always [had] an evenly matched opponent.” Through the matches against itself, the bot developed strategies until it eventually reached the skill level of world’s best Dota 2 players.
However, the bot wasn’t eligible for the million dollars prize, since it was only part of entertainment. After getting crushed by a bot, Ishutin admitted his loss via Twitter, saying that his opponent was too indeed too strong.
“Bot is really fun and challenging to play against 🙂 I am sure it is possible to beat it. But it [has] no room for even slight mistakes,” Ishutin tweeted after the match. “Need much more tries for that 🙂 I think first few levels are most important to keep the lead. Still was amazing fun to play on stage!”
The Ukrainian gamer added, “awesome what awaits us in future with all those technologies. Excited!!!” (dth/gaekon)