OpenAI’s one-on-one Dota 2 AI takes down one of the world’s best players

By James O'Connor, Saturday, 12 August 2017 07:14 GMT

(Please read this post with the Terminator theme playing in the background).

The OpenAI program has played so many games of Dota 2, learning from playing against itself until it figures out how to counter any given situation, that it can take on one of the world’s best.

In this footage from the Dota 2 International, Dendi – one of the world’s best players – challenges OpenAI to a best of three competition. They never make it to round three, with the bot handily taking the first two rounds.

“Maybe if I played it a lot of times”, Dendi ponders as he loses, perhaps questioning whether fighting back against the machines is futile or not.

According to the OpenAI website, their bot has taken down SumaiL and Arteezy as well, the two Dota players best suited to facing off against a bot one on one. OpenAI is currently working on a 5 on 5 bot as well.

Hopefully our best and brightest DOTA 2 players can eventually fend off the computer programs that threaten to usurp their dominance.

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