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Elon Musk’s OpenAI Bot Beats World’s Best Dota-2 Players

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Bytes: Computers have already beaten the world’s best humans at games like chess, Go by (google deep mind‘s Alpha Go algorithm) and poker by (Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Beats Top Poker Pros).

Now this time Artificial Intelligence beats most popular video game “Dota 2.”

 

OpenAI first ever to defeat world’s best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.

Dota 2 is an astoundingly complex game in which two teams of 5 players compete to siege and destroy the opposing team’s base. The game features 113 playable heroes who each possess unique abilities, as well as dozens of items that can enhance and extend each hero’s capabilities — meaning the full extent of the game’s possibilities are virtually incomprehensible, at least to a player with human limitations.

In a one-on-one exhibition match, a bot designed by OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence research nonprofit cochaired by Tesla Motors CEO Musk and Y Combinator President Sam Altman , defeated Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, a professional player who’s estimated to have earned$735,449.40 in winnings in his career.

Even though the game was not being played in full-scale by either side, crowd-favorite Dota 2 pro Dendi got defeated emphatically in a 1-vs-1 match with the bot. The bot’s maneuvers bore a human-like pattern of thinking. “After being defeated by the bot twice, Dendi forfeited future matches with it, and expressed surprise that a bot could outplay a human. He said the bot “feels a little like [a] human, but a little like something else.”

OpenAI isn’t just walking away after its victory. The OpenAI hopes to have its bot ready to play in a proper five-versus-five match next year, Brockman said. Meanwhile, the organization is releasing the bot so that anyone can play against it. Valve is placing a bounty of in-game currency for the first players who can defeat it.

Elon Musk & Sam Altman worry that artificial intelligence will take over the world. So, the two entrepreneurs are creating a billion-dollar not-for-profit company that will maximize the power of AI—and then share it with anyone who wants it.

Elon Musk is a well-known harbinger of the potential for ill held by artificial intelligence. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO also helped start OpenAI, a group with a broad mandate that focuses on developing AI out (as the name implies) in the open, rather than behind closed doors as the exclusive province of high-powered governments and secretive private contractors. Musk, it turns out, was in on the AI train early with an investment in DeepMind, which was later acquired by Google.

Musk wasn’t in DeepMind for a return, as is the case with most investments; he wanted access to greater insight regarding DeepMind’s progress, and the progress of AI in general, according to a new feature in Vanity Fair. The enterprising CEO wanted to be able to see how fast AI was improving, and what he found was a rate of gains that he hadn’t expected, and that he thought most people would not possibly expect.

Musk’s anxieties around AI are considered extreme by some of his Silicon Valley peers, but the man definitely seems to have a knack for long-term preparedness planning. Also a good lesson here: If you want to keep an eye on potential doomsday scenarios, cough up for an early-stage investment in one of the movers and shakers that could contribute to the end of days.

By this milestone OpenAI stays true to its mission of giving everyone access to new ideas, it has potential to serve as a check on powerful companies like Google and Facebook.

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