Elon Musk’s Startup AI-Bot Beats the World’s Top Dota 2 Players

Dendi vs AI-bot

At the biggest Dota 2 tournament The International 2017 an exceptional event took place yesterday. An AI-bot managed to beat a Dota 2 pro.

Nonprofit startup OpenAI, funded by Elon Musk has created an artificial intelligence-boosted bot to compete in Dota 2, one of the most popular games today. The bot was put to test yesterday in The International 2017 Dota 2 tournament or TI7 for short. Pitted against Ukrainian Danil “Dendi” Ishutin – known as one of the world’s best Dota 2 players, the AI-bot won!

The bot can now claim the title as the new best player in the Dota 2 world. With just two-weeks of real-time learning, engineers at the startup say that the bot has collected “lifetimes” of experience and this was probably done through a type of neural network using simulated data.

Dendi experienced two losses against the AI-bot before he surrendered. Surprised that a bot was able to defeat a human he said

“feels a little like human,
but a little like something else.”

The impressive live match was a one-on-one; however, with a limitation set to the gameplay. Dota 2’s gameplay structure and rules are so complicated, it’s extremely difficult to write a bot that can understand all complexities of the game. In comparison, traditional game chess was mastered by AI back in 1997. This year, Google’s DeepMind mastered board game Go, however Elon Musk belittled that feat on Twitter while at the same time praising OpenAI’s work:

The complexities of Dota 2

Dota 2 is a team-based game where two teams compete with the goal of destroying the other team’s base with each team consisting of 5 players. This is why OpenAI for their next plan wants to upgrade their Dota 2 bot to be able to play full 5-on-5 matches using a team of five AIs in next year’s TI8. Furthermore, the startup is planning to experiment with a single team consisting of both bots and human players working together.

We live in exciting times. The world of artificial intelligence will continue to expand and it’s just a question of when AI will be an everyday part of our lives. Where do you see AI in the future? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!