A Bot Just Defeated One Of The World's Best Video Gamers

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While its actions per minute aren't any better than that of an average flesh-and-bone player, the choices make a huge difference. The 1v1 format is also a complex game with hidden information.

The bot kept playing until its skill level reached that of the world's best Dota 2 players, he added.

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The bot which had been playing with several players in the world both amateurs and professionals, today faced the Dendi (one of the leaders in Dota 2) at the main stage of The International (annual Dota 2 tournament). Teams of players use powerful characters, called "heroes", to battle each other.

The OpenAI team now hope to build up a team of AI bots to take on the very best DOTA 2 teams in traditional 5v5 matches by next year. The prize? A free Shadow Fiend arcana.

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Check out the gameplay the bot shows off - with players even saying that it plays in a very human-like manner. OpenAI stated that its AI had been performing at the championship and it has already defeated the Pakistan-based gamer Sumail (the world's best 1v1 player), and Arteezy (the world's overall top player). OpenAI is now working on a 5 on 5 bot as well.

"This guy is scary", Dendi repeated during play as the bot whittled down his health. 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).

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The OpenAI bot appears to run off a modified version of a genetic machine learning algorithm, meaning it evolves and learns as it plays and discards inferior versions of its code (the company wasn't specific with its language, but a programmer friend of mine who also plays Dota said it sounded like a genetic algorithm). OpenAI says it plans to continue developing its software so it can play full-scale matches. Our next step is to create a team of Dota 2 bots which can compete and collaborate with the top human teams.

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