Human gamers should really start fearing bots, and not just those that farm currency and give other players unfair advantages. OpenAI Five, Elon Musk’s AI bot team, continues to smash human players as it gets ready to take on the world’s best at The International, the Dota 2 world championship.
Comprised of five neural networks, one of which crushed a pro player in a 1 v 1, the OpenAI team has already defeated plenty of Dota 2 amateurs and is now going full S̶k̶y̶n̶e̶t pro.
This Sunday, OpenAI bots defeated former Dota 2 professionals and top Twitch streamers, gamers who fall into the 99.95 percentile of skilled players around the world, taking in 2 out 3 victories!
Elon Musk’s bots lost only one game because Twitch viewers were allowed to pick the pool of playable heroes and were so creative, that not even neural networks could calculate the best winning strategy. However, at this pace, once OpenAI reaches The International world championship, nothing will stand in its way.
Its creators specifically chose Dota 2, as the game combines high-level strategy and fast decision making with a large pool of heroes, all of them with different skill sets.
To get an idea of the complexity of the game and the OpenAI neural networks, the developers explained that “there is an average of ~1,000 valid actions each tick” and “the average number of actions in chess is 35; in Go, 250.”
You can watch the games above and head on over to Twitch to see how humans reacted to their defeat. As for The International, if OpenAI continues to improve at this pace, resistance is futile.