Dota 2 : 'Artificial intelligence' makes a record by defeating human players

A team of former Dota 2 pros just got owned by AI bots

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OpenAI Five, an artificial intelligence engine backed by Elon Musk, has once again taken a team of semi-pro Dota 2 gamers to the cleaners.

The OpenAI Five clashed with popular Dota 2 personalities such as Ben "Merlini" Wu, William "Blitz" Lee, Ioannis "Fogged" Lucas, David "MoonMeander" Tan, and Austin "Capitalist" Walsh. For the second year running, the self-taught system faced five top players at The International - an annual tournament organized by the game's developer and publisher Valve. The team of former professional players and commentators was said to have ranked in the 99.95th percentile in the world.

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Since OpenAI's Dota 2 bot beat professional player Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin at the global 2017, the AI has evolved significantly.

In spite of the restrictions, though, OpenAI still completely dominated the first two games, through a combination of near-flawless coordination and a "play as five"-oriented playstyle".

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Next up for OpenAI will be to take on one the best players in the world at The International 8, in September.

Every member of Team Human were selected on the criteria of being within the 99th percentile of players, which makes sense considering that a lot of them used to be active pro players. In game two, the AI wasn't as confident, giving itself a 76 percent chance to win. If the the OpenAI Five are victorious, they not only join the pantheon of machines that have publicly beaten humans at games (Deep Blue, Watson, AlphaGo), but will have done so in a game that balances several real-time interactions at once. The bots nevertheless fought a hard battle, at one point predicting a 17% win probability before succumbing to Team Human's assault 35:47 into the game. This year's event is set to take place between August 20 and 25 in Vancouver.

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However, the show's still going on Twitch with OpenAI explaining more about how they built and tested their team, and what's next for them. These are all people who now or previously play Dota 2 professionally - they're in the 99.95th percentile of human players. Well, the AI platform developed by OpenAI would like to have a word, humans.

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