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“You might not have noticed, but over the weekend a little coup took place. On Friday night, in front of a crowd of thousands, an AI bot beat a professional human player at Dota 2 — one of the world’s most popular video games. The human champ, the affable Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, threw in the towel after being killed three times, saying he couldn’t beat the unstoppable bot. “It feels a little bit like human,” said Dendi. “But at the same time, it’s something else.”

The bot’s patron was none other than tech billionaire Elon Musk, who helped found and fund the institution that designed it, OpenAI. Musk wasn’t present, but made his feelings known on Twitter, saying: “OpenAI first ever to defeat world’s best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.” Even more exciting, said OpenAI, was that the AI had taught itself everything it knew. It learned purely by playing successive versions of itself, amassing “lifetimes” of in-game experience over the course of just two weeks.”

 

Read more @ The Verge

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