Dota 2 appears to be the new proving ground for what AI can do as OpenAI is taking on and defeating professional Dota 2 players one by one including players like Danil “Dendi” Ishutin who have fallen to the AI system.
The mode being played isn’t your typical game though. Instead, both players compete in the game’s mid-lane with only the destruction of the first tower or two enemy kills deciding the winner. Items like Bottle and Soul Ring which help manage health and mana regeneration were also restricted.
The system has trained by playing many lifetimes’ worth of matches and last week it took on and defeated professional players SumaiL and Arteezy. Those matches were a proof of concept to show how far OpenAI had come by playing humans instead of self-learning.
The OpenAI designers hope to see their artificial intelligence compete in a fully-fledged 5vs5 match by next year.
You can check the OpenAI vs Dendi match from The International 2017 below:
Find out more about OpenAI, head over to the official website.
OpenAI is partially funded by Elon Musk who has also said that AI is the biggest threat to humanity and if it keeps improving, Dota 2 The Invitational 2020 could be played between AI teams.
OpenAI first ever to defeat world's best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017
Dota 2 is available now for Mac, PC and SteamOS as a Free-to-Play game.