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Elon Musk's AI Just "Wiped Out" World's Best DOTA 2 Players

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At this year's Dota 2 tournament hosted by developer Valve at The International e-sports event, a new bot created by the startup OpenAI managed to defeat Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin, one of the world's best professional players, live on stage during a 1-on-1 match.

The AI win stunned the gaming community, because bots are generally considered inferior to expert human players. "We didn't program it to understand the rules of Dota", says Greg from OpenAI, the team of researchers and engineers that developed the bot.

"It starts out completely random with no knowledge of the world, and simply plays against a copy of itself - which means it always has an evenly matched opponent", Brockman said. Was he indirectly comparing the OpenAI bot with AlphaGo?

Dota 2, for those unfamiliar, is an online multi-player battle game.

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Musk hailed the achievement on Twitter, saying that it was a significant advance over what AI had accomplished in more traditional games. Footage of those matches can be found on Dota 2 Rapier's YouTube channel. A second round ended similarly, with Dendi surrendering after a few minutes. Over the past week, our bot was undefeated against many top professionals including SumaiL (top 1v1 player in the world) and Arteezy (top overall player in the world). The AI "feels a little like [a] human, but a little like something else", Dendi said.

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

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.

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