The future is looking SkyNet-ish indeed. Early in the morning during The International, Valve announced a surprise segment and a possible new contender in the DOTA 2 circuit: a bot from Elon Musk’s startup OpenAI. Engineers from the non-profit startup said during the video segment below that the bot has learned enough in two weeks via real-time learning and amassing “lifetimes” of experience.
OpenAI first ever to defeat world's best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017
It may not have been a team match, but the 1v1 fight between OpenAI’s bot and DOTA 2 veteran player Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin was exhilirating to say the least. Dendi was defeated by the bot twice, and then forfeited future matches. His quote regarding the bot?”[It] feels a litle like [a] human, but a little like something else.” You can watch the match below:
Elon Musk’s startup OpenAI was founded to prevent AI from destroying the world. It’s good to know that at least potentially killer AI are relegated to destroying the best mid players in term of mechanics. OpenAI has plans to extend the DOTA 2 bot’s capabilities into a 5v5 format in the next International tournament.