An AI defeats an e-Sports champion team for the first time in a Dota 2 game.

It’s last weekend, for the first time in history, a champion e-sports team has been defeated by an artificial intelligence. Last August the same actors had already faced each other, but the victory then fell on the side of the humans.

The OG team, current world champion of the Dota 2 video game (assigned to the genre of ‘real-time action strategy’ online) after winning first place in The International tournament last year, defeated after losing two games in a row playing “best of three” against 5 bots developed by OpenAI, the private scientific institution founded by Elon Musk.

OpenAI achieves a milestone on the long road to strong AI

This milestone, long cherished by the best AI laboratories in the world, makes clear the level of development reached by artificial intelligence thanks to techniques and technologies that did not exist just 10 years ago.

An AI defeats an e-Sports champion team for the first time in a Dota 2 game

Techniques such as reinforcement learning, for example, which has allowed these bots (individually controlled by different layers of the same system) to be able to arrive at the game with no less than 45,000 years of practice in the game in question.

This is possible, of course, thanks to training carried out in a simulated environment (in the real world he has only been training 10 months), which allows the system to learn through a trial-and-error approach. And that gives bots an extraordinary strategic and planning capacity. And that despite the great complexity of the game, full of variables (it contains more than 100 people with unique abilities, for example).

An AI defeats an e-Sports champion team for the first time in a Dota 2 game

It is often noted that OpenAI AIs trained in this way show a tendency to prefer strategies that favor short-term gainsAnd this is what happened in this case as well: the AI ​​began to spend game credits to immediately resurrect falling heroes.

However, the strategy worked out well, giving him an advantage that the humans were unable to cut back on later. That’s in the first game, because the second started favorably for the AI ​​and was able to finish it in just over half the time of the first.

An AI defeats an e-Sports champion team for the first time in a Dota 2 game

To celebrate your great technological victory, OpenAI will offer, from Thursday 18 until Saturday 20, a public platform called OpenAI Five Arena to offer the option for any Dota 2 player to compete against their bots.

Special announcement: we’re inviting the entire Internet to play OpenAI Five (whether as a competitor or teammate) at once.

An AI defeats an e-Sports champion team for the first time in a Dota 2 game

Sign up today! Very excited to see what we learn from observing OpenAI Five in the wild. pic.twitter.com/TaMhxdgVIt

– Greg Brockman (@gdb) April 13, 2019

Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, affirms that his organization will continue to test Dota 2 and other similar video games because they are an excellent test bed to measure the progress of their AIs, but warns that unfortunately, once they have reached this point, nowadays there is no longer any video game that they are not able to master with enough training time.

An AI defeats an e-Sports champion team for the first time in a Dota 2 game

As a last resort, your goal is to bring AI to the real world: “We are here to discover the secrets that we find on our way to general artificial intelligence ”.