Dota 2 : 'Artificial intelligence' makes a record by defeating human players

A team of former Dota 2 pros just got owned by AI bots

Open AI, an artificial intelligence research firm funded by Elon Musk, raised many impressed eyebrows this week when a team of AI bots created by them defeated human players in the popular online multiplayer video game Dota 2.

OpenAI's 1v1 bot beat pro player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin at last year's The International, and the institute says the learning process for OpenAI Five is much more complex, requiring 256 GPUs and 128,000 CPU cores. It then faced a team of some of the world's top players (Blitz, Cap, Fogged, Merlini and Moonmeander) in a best-of-three contest.

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Dota 2 is one of the most challenging games available out there, and it might come as a surprise to you that five bots from OpenAI have beaten professional players convincingly.

OpenAI Five, an AI bot has once again proved that the makers of the technology, humans, are a step behind their own creation.

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Every member of Team Human were selected on the criteria of being within the 99th percentile of players, which makes sense considering that a lot of them used to be active pro players. In the second game, however, humans showed a spark and conquered a tower but lost eventually.

According to Greg Brockman, a co-founder of OpenAI, the company is working on designing bots that can beat elite human gamers because the simulated battle experience in Dota is so multi-faceted that it begins to approximate the chaos of the real world. This resulted in OpenAI Five predicting a lower chance of winning of the match - just 2.9 percent, in fact. There were some restrictions on this five-on-five match - namely, the teams could only use 18 of Dota 2's 115 heroes - but the bots were still good enough to prove that humanity is doomed. This gave the AI a sufficient handicap for the human players to take the final win.

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OpenAI Five's latest win against its most formidable adversaries yet ultimately demonstrates the huge progress the bots have made over the past few months. This year's event is set to take place between 20-25 August in Vancouver. Well, the AI platform developed by OpenAI would like to have a word, humans.

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