The idea that an AI can be trained to beat the best human players at virtually any game shouldn't be a shock in 2017, but somehow, we're still not quite used to the idea. This year's "The International Dota 2 Championships took place August 7-12 at Key Arena in Seattle, and one of the big events pitted Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin against an OpenAI bot. The OpenAI bot also defeated other top pros during the course of the event.
Today we played Dendi on mainstage at The International, winning a best-of-three match. Over the past week, our bot was undefeated against many top professionals including SumaiL (top 1v1 player in the world) and Arteezy (top overall player in the world).
Dota 1v1 is a complex game with hidden information. Agents must learn to plan, attack, trick, and deceive their opponents. The correlation between player skill and actions-per-minute is not strong, and in fact, our AI's actions-per-minute are comparable to that of an average human player.
Elon Musk took to twitter in the wake of his organization's victory to discuss one of his favorite topics — the potential dangers of unregulated AI. Musk's position in this area is reminiscent of the infamous warning by then Sun Microsystems chief scientist Bill Joy in a Wired article from 2000 called Why the Future Doesn't Need Us. Joy's was widely ridiculed at the time, but have become increasingly less far-fetched in the 17 years since.