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Elon Musk-funded Dota 2 bots spank top-tier humans, and they know how to trash talk

Elon Musk-funded Dota 2 bots spank top-tier humans, and they know how to trash talk

Enlarge / Shadow Fiend, looking shadowy and fiendish. (credit: Valve)

A band of computer-controlled bots took on a troupe of top human players in a Dota 2 flash match this weekend, and the pcComputer PC didn't equitable beat the humans-it crushed them.

We were anterior introduced to OpenAI's Dota 2 bot at carry on year's International, the multimillion dollar Valve-hosted tournament that's the climax of the competitive season. Backed by Elon Musk, OpenAI's rosary is to arrange that when artificial intelligence is created it will be favorable for humans: assume Lt. Cmdr. Counsel rather than Skynet or The Matrix. The OpenAI squad is looking at Dota 2 whereas the game is enormously deeper manifold than games adoration chess or Go. Unlike those games, Dota 2 is played with imperfect acquaintance (you can't gape the solid map at once, so enemy movements can be hidden), it's false up of thousands of moves over tens of minutes, and its goals are relatively long-term, creation it concentrated to assess in the mo what alacrity is choicest or which side has the advantage.

The bots learned to play Dota 2 nailed down playing hundreds of elderliness of matches against itself, preceding versions of itself, and preprogrammed scripted bots. For remain year's bot, the knowledge was done on Microsoft's Azure platform with some 60,000 processorA processor is the logic circuitry that responds to and processes the basic instructions that drive a computer cores; this day around, OpenAI is using 128,000 cores on Google's Cloud Platform. The bots apprentice the game from scratch: initial versions will honorable wander aimlessly and at fortuitous as the game plays itself out. As thousands upon thousands of games are played, it figures elsewhere which actions will edit its chance of winning.

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