Now AI is beating humans at Dota 2 as well

After Google's Artificial Intelligence AlphaGo beating the best human minds in the Go tournament, it is time for the next AI to beat the modern day gamers.

Elon Musk may be terrified of artificial intelligence (AI) and spreading a message of AI-led doom, but that hasn't stopped him from funding companies that are developing advanced AI.

According to its makers, the AI bots aren't any better than an average human Dota 2 player in terms of actions-per-minute, but it's the smart choices that the software makes that give it the edge - it can predict where other players will move and improvise new approaches when it gets into tight situations.

AI developers have recently shown that computers can dominate the best human players in Go and chess.

In the best of 3 match, the AI was able to beat Dendi in less than 10 minutes.

The Open AI bot has been put up against the famous player, "Danil Dendi Ishutin" of Dota 2, to tell people, its capability. The next step, Brockman added, was training the bot to play as five players at once, and take on a full team of professionals.

In the 1v1 format, however, both players are assigned the same hero, Shadow Fiend, a popular offensive hero favored by numerous world's best central-role (known as mid lane) players.

Such was the case with the bot developed by Musk-backed San Francisco-based company OpenAI.

Dota 2 matches are typically played online so teams rarely face each other off in a physical environment. "This bot can learn from scratch in about two weeks of real time", Brockman said.

"We just let it play lifetimes of 1v1 against itself, and coached it on what we thought was good or bad", Brockman said in a video played before the match. Earlier this year, an AI built by Microsoft beat every level of the Ms. Pac-Man game - something no human player has ever achieved. In the future, it aims to develop a complete bot Dota 2 team. OpenAI, a non-profit organization that specializes in building AIs is trying to change how Dota 2 bots work.

Vanessa Coleman

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