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Elon Musk’s OpenAI Triumphs at E-sports Tournament

A bot trained by Elon Musk-backed OpenAI has beaten one of the world’ best players at online videogame Dota 2, during e-sports tournament The International.

The machine learning bot had been trained simply by pitting one Artificial Intelligence against another, and letting them play for weeks on end until they mastered the game.

During the tournament, hosted in Seattle’s KeyArena, the AI proceeded to defeat Ukrainian professional gamer Danylo Ishutin in a one-on-one battle in the war videogame— winning the first game within ten minutes and later bringing Ishutin to give up on the other games.

Watch OpenAI’s game from minute 44:10 on

It is understood that OpenAI is currently working on a more sophisticated AI able to engage in—and presumably, win— multiplayer Dota 2 battles.

“We’ve coached [the bot] to learn just from playing against itself,” said OpenAI researcher Jakub Pachoki in a statement.

“So we didn’t hard-code in any strategy, we didn’t have it learn from human experts, just from the very beginning, it just keeps playing against a copy of itself. It starts from complete randomness and then it makes very small improvements, and eventually it’s just pro level.”

The big win came just hours after Elon Musk— the Space X and Tesla CEO  and the founder of research no-profit OpenAI—declared that if AI spiralled out of human control, it could pose a larger threat to human survival than nuclear autocracy North Korea.

Image via OpenAI (screenshot)


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