OpenAI Bots Thrash Team Of Dota 2 Professionals

Joanna Estrada
August 8, 2018

Elon Musk's artificial intelligence program annihilated Dota 2 pros yesterday, in an exhibition match streamed live on Twitch from San Francisco. The bots completely overpowered Team Human in the first game, with the players unable to destroy any of the of the bots' towers before the end of the match.

The next match-up between human pros and the OpenAI Five is set to kick off August 20 in Vancouver at The International 8. The humans recovered a little in game two, conquering one tower, but still getting demolished.

OpenAI, which has been in development as a Dota 2 bot since The International 7 previous year, went up against a full team of five highly-skilled human players-composed of Ioannis "Fogged" Loucas, William "Blitz" Lee, Ben "Merlini" Wu, David "MoonMeander" Tan, and Austin "Capitalist" Walsh. Even the, AlphaZero achieved a superhuman level of play in the games of chess, shogi and Go within 24 hours.

According to Greg Brockman, a co-founder of OpenAI, the company is working on designing bots that can beat elite human gamers because the simulated battle experience in Dota is so multi-faceted that it begins to approximate the chaos of the real world. The first bot the nonprofit created started training with simple tasks and self-play. The human players included former Dota 2 professionals and casters Merlini, Fogged, Cap, and Blitz.

We previously reported on the massively complex undertaking it took for OpenAI to train the bots through reinforcement learning, which involved putting them into a virtual world and using trial and error to help them figure out for themselves how to reach a goal.

OpenAI Five will take on an active professional team during the worldwide main event in August 2018.

OpenAI Five's latest win against its most formidable adversaries yet ultimately demonstrates the enormous progress the bots have made over the past few months.

The blog added, "We've increased the reaction time of OpenAI Five from 80ms to 200ms". There were some restrictions on this five-on-five match - namely, the teams could only use 18 of Dota 2's 115 heroes - but the bots were still good enough to prove that humanity is doomed.

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