One of the competitors in Dota 2’s championship is an AI team

Perhaps in the future, we’ll all be looking back at the time when e-sports were an actual thing played by humans rather than simply a competition between teams of AI. As the Dota 2 world championships take place this year, spectators will have one team to cheer for that’s definitely not on drugs and has never been suspended for inappropriate behavior, because the team consists of AI players working in harmony. Elon Musk’s OpenAI team is heading to the championships, and it’s not just doing so as a novelty; the team has already won its way in against a team of semipro players.

Of course, it’s an open question whether or not the AI players can match up against the best players in the world, but thus far results are encouraging, and even a hard-fought loss would indicate that the AI in question is approaching the upper limit of what humans are capable of. So keep your eyes peeled, as we may be looking at a line of competition that’s ending remarkably quickly; then we’ll just need an AI to beat the best humans at basketball.

Source: Wired; thanks to Sally for the tip!
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Oleg Chebeneev

“Of course, it’s an open question whether or not the AI players can match up against the best players in the world”

It is not a question for many years now. AI outperforms humans in pretty much any game from chess to Go and poker. DOTA2 isnt any different, its just a question how good this AI is and how quickly it learns.

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Kevin Smith

And so Skynet becomes a reality. Just kidding but maybe not.

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flyingltj

I still don’t care about esports. At all.

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Archebius

Or join them in basketball. To save the world.

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Simon

I’d imagine AI could truly become dominant eventually, but it would need to learn so many variations that it’d simply take a really long time.

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Oleg Chebeneev

There are trillions combinations in chess. Google’s team loaded basic chess rules into its self learning AI that never played chess before. It took less then 1 day for it to best any specialized chess AI and become miles better then any world class human player.

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Simon

Chess is a lot less dynamic. Even if there are trillions of combinations, most of them are useless and will never actually be effective at completing the goal. The AI never even comes in contact with most of them, and neither does a player who has played for their entire life, because most of them simply never happen naturally.
By the way, if you want to talk about combinations, think about every single position that every player can be in at any given moment in Dota 2. It’s way more than trillions. Chess can also be played at super-speed while Dota 2 has a set speed. Therefore the calculations are simply way slower.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Calculations arent slower. Computer just moves “figures” on the board of DOTA2 slower.

Its very easy for AI to learn how to use abilities in fights much better than any human. AI can last hit mobs without error. I think the biggest challenge would be to teach it macro strategy and flawlessly react to any human team’s strats.

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Simon

Calculations are inherently slower due to the game having to progress in a set speed. Yes, the AI will keep making calculations, but the point is, it still has to go through all of the matches. What I mean is that the speed in chess depends entirely on how fast the players move their pieces. A chess game can be done in under a minute. It can therefore gather data a lot faster than it can in Dota 2.

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