Dota 2 bots are, for the most part, usually harmless. They’re included in the game to help the newbiest of noobs get to grips with the gameplay of Valve’s signature MOBA. However, a different kind of bot reared its head between games at The International 7 tournament in Seattle, Washington last weekend.
OpenAI was created by a startup company backed by engineer & inventor Elon Musk. The artificial intelligence showcased it’s skills against some of the best Dota players in the world, and it trounced all of them, convincingly. The bot toyed with professional players Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, Syed “Sumail” Hassan, and Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, showing a level of skill that is usually expected from humans.
The bot was also tested against the TI7 audience, with 50 Shadow Fiend arcanas up for grabs for players that could beat the AI. All 50 arcanas were claimed by the end of the day, with non-professional players figuring out the bots weaknesses quickly, mainly due to trail and error.
OpenAI was created by Elon Musk, in order to potentially combat rogue artificial intelligence. The South African born, Canadian/American business magnate has been warning the scientific community about the dangers of rogue artificial intelligence for years – he has even gone as far as warning the United States Government about the potential threat.
The next step for OpenAI is to create a team of 5 bots that can take on the best players at next year’s International tournament. After that, they accidentally create Ultron and end all life as we know it, I guess.