Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar AI Startup Destroys Professional Dota 2 Player

By 08.12.17

The computers are coming. They’re coming for your jobs. They’re coming to be your lover. Now they’re coming to destroy you in video games (Hopefully they don’t evolve and learn to talk shit about your sweet mother). An Elon Musk-backed research lab named OpenAI built a bot that could play the hugely successful video game Dota 2. Not only could the robot play Dota 2, but it can wreck a professional gamer.

The bot from OpenAI, the $1 billion artificial-intelligence research non-profit that is co-chaired by Musk, took on professional gamer Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin in a one-on-one exhibition matchup at Valve’s flagship $24 million tournament. The first game of the man vs. machine matchup ended after about 10 minutes, then Dendi resigned from the second match after a few minutes, and got his ass whooped so severely that he forfeited to play a third match to prevent any more disappointment. “This guy is scary,” Dendi repeated during play as the computer annihilated him with ease. This proved that the incredibly adaptive AI bot could beat a professional e-sports player in a complex game.

OpenAI explains the bot was trained by playing with itself. No. Not like that. Over two weeks, the OpenAI bot played a version of itself in Dota 2 that had the same abilities and learned from mistakes and developed strategies. “We just let it play lifetimes of 1v1 against itself, and coached it on what we thought was good or bad,” OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman said.


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