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Aug 14, 2017
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Think competitive Dota 2 players are beyond godlike while in-game bots are trash? This will make you believe otherwise.

An Artificial Intelligence bot created by one of Elon Musk’s startup companies just demonstrated how scary AI can be. How scary? Just ask Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin, a member of Dota 2 The International 2011 champions Natus Vincere (Na'Vi).

During day 5 of the recently concluded The International 2017 tournament, a special 1v1 match featured Dendi going against the AI bot. It was supposed to be a best-of-five series, but Dendi already knew that he was no match after getting killed thrice and conceded even before the second game ended.

“I give up. I don’t think I’m getting back. GG,” Dendi said after the bot drew first blood in their second game.

“He’s too strong. But, I need more time I guess. If I played it a lot of times maybe I’ll find out how to beat it... It feels a little bit human but at the same time, it’s something else,” he added.

Dendi wasn’t the only Dota 2 pro player that the bot beat in convincing fashion. The likes of Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev from team Evil Geniuses and Quinn 'CC&C' Callahan from team Freedom also got to try it out and had their asses handed to them in the same manner.

Apparently, the AI bot was so good because it was able to condense lifetimes of Dota 2 experience in the span of two weeks through continuous practice against other bots, players, and most importantly, itself.

Here’s Greg Brockman from OpenAI to explain how their bot works in detail:

 

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