Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

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

Elon Musk's AI Just

In the 1v1 format, however, both players are assigned the same hero, Shadow Fiend, a popular offensive hero favored by numerous world's best central-role (known as mid lane) players.

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On Friday, the bot entered a best-of-five series with Danil Ishutin, a professional Dota 2 player from Ukraine who goes by the name Dendi.

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The bot's victory, then, adds up to more than just fun and games.

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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.

Greg Brockman, himself, appeared to be impressed by the success of the method. Dendi lost the first game two kills to one (he managed to kill the bot at the same time as it killed him the second time, securing the win).

"Our bot is trained entirely through self play".

"They're pretty very bad", one player said. But slowly, they learned strategies that would get them closer to their programmed winning parameters, and after a few weeks and thousands and thousands of games, they became strong enough to defeat the pros.

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

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