Elon Musk's OpenAI bot beats human player in Dota 2 tournament

Screengrab via OpenAI  YouTube

Screengrab via OpenAI YouTube

There is no doubt that the milestone achieved by the bot is astonishing, however, what's particularly impressive about this feat is that winning in Dota requires players to have an intuition about what their opponents are thinking about doing and then build a corresponding game plan accordingly.

In this footage from the Dota 2 International, Dendi - one of the world's best players - challenges OpenAI to a best of three competition.

As its Chairman Elon Musk had tweeted, competitive e-Sports are more complex than traditional board games like Chess & Go.

According to the OpenAI website, their bot has taken down SumaiL and Arteezy as well, the two Dota players best suited to facing off against a bot one on one.

The OpenAI program has played so many games of Dota 2, learning from playing against itself until it figures out how to counter any given situation, that it can take on one of the world's best. "The correlation between player skill and actions-per-minute is not strong, and in fact, our AI's actions-per-minute are comparable to that of an average human player".

Would like to express our appreciation to Microsoft for use of their Azure cloud computing platform.

Even though the game was not being played in full-scale by either side, crowd-favorite Dota 2 pro Dendi got defeated emphatically in a 1-vs-1 match with the bot.

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

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