The world's best Dota 2 players have been defeated by a bot

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It's not clear if artificial intelligence will take away all our jobs, but according to Elon Musk, it is going to take away our e-sports supremacy.

Defense of the Ancients 2 - commonly referred to as DOTA 2 - is what's known as a multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA. 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.

As part of a special demonstration for the crown, the OpenAI bot defeated Dendi easily in the first of three rounds, with the victor being the first to two kills or destroying an in-game tower.

But in between yesterday's games at The International 7, a special kind of bot showed off its advanced skills against some of the world's most well-known Dota players.

"We've coached it to learn just from playing against itself", said OpenAI researcher Jakub Pachoki.

Then, Brockman said, it was time to put the bot to the test at The International, which is Dota 2's world championship.


While bots have mastered games like Chess and Go, video games like DOTA 2 are still a challenge, but one that OpenAI seems equal to. A second round ended similarly, with Dendi surrendering after a few minutes.

Dendi's thoughts upon the OpenAI bot were interesting, and he noted that the AI "feels a little bit like a human, but at the same time it's something else".

Dendi later elaborated on Twitter that he found the bot "fun" and "challenging" to play against. "But it has no room for even slight mistakes", he wrote.

Earlier this year, an AI built by Microsoft beat every level of the Ms. Pac-Man game - something no human player has ever achieved. Was he indirectly comparing the OpenAI bot with AlphaGo?

The company has also talked about their future endeavors with the bot.

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