Dota 2-Playing Robot Beats the Pros at The International

Elon Musk CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp

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.

Dota 2, which is played by over 10 million people monthly is normally played between two teams of 5 players with the goal of collectively destroying a large structure defended by the opposing team known as the "Ancient", whilst defending their own.

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.

Today we played Dendi on mainstage at The International, winning a best-of-three match.

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The team behind OpenAI plan on extending the bot's capabilities with the hope it can compete in 5-v-5 matches at Dota 2 tournaments next year.

"We just let it play lifetimes of 1v1 against itself, and coached it on what we thought was good or bad", Brockman said in a video played before the match. The fear of the AI system evolving into Skynet has since been debunked, but combined with the DOTA 2-playing OpenAI bot, we can't help but wonder what the future holds for the technology. What OpenAI has learned with Dota 2 might just translate to other fields where understanding subtleties can be crucial to success. A second round ended similarly, with Dendi surrendering after a few minutes.

With its victory over Dendi, the DOTA 2-playing AI remains unbeaten against many top professional players, including SumaiL, the world's top 1-on-1 player, and Arteezy, the world's top overall player. But DOTA 2 has far more variables and possible board states than even Go, meaning decision-making is much more complex. Musk thanked the company via Twitter for allowing Open AI to use the Microsoft Azure crowd computing platform to develop the bot.

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