"And now, we want to see how it stacks up against the best players in the world".
Artificial Intelligence is now one topic, about which people are really divided and quite skeptical.
But in between yesterday's games at The International 7, a special kind of bot showed off its advanced skills against some of the world's most well-known Dota players. It had announced putting its AI against the top human competitors. Over the past week, our bot was undefeated against many top professionals including SumaiL (top 1v1 player in the world) and Arteezy (top overall player in the world).
At an e-sports tournament hosted by Valve, OpenAI's bot managed to defeat pro gamer Danylo Ishutin, more commonly known by alias Dendi. "This guy is really scary", Dendi kept saying, and at one point yelped "Please stop bullying me!" when the bot rushed at him aggressively.
To test out some harmless uses for AI, one Open AI team taught a bot to play Dota 2.
"Our bot is trained entirely through self play". Greg Brockman, leader of the OpenAI Dota 2 team, said that in the early stages, the dueling Shadow Fiends just ran aimlessly around the map until they died.
The billionaire said that when someone is interested in issues of level of safety using bots, now is the time to prepare.
It's not only Google's AI that has the potential to defeat humans in their own game.
Success in Dota requires players to develop intuitions about their opponents and plan accordingly. The company says its "next step is to create a team of Dota 2 bots which can compete and collaborate with the top human teams" - meaning that if it applies the same impressive technology, next year's TI8 might have a full team of robotic challengers.