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OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research firm that is funded by Tesla’s Elon Musk, has been taking on top Dota 2 players with its bots, in an exhibition match at one of the biggest events in eSports.
This is not the first time that the OpenAI is facing Dota 2 champions. It has previously defeated many leading players in the immensely popular MOBA games. Also recently, it has won in matches against certain amateur teams.
At any time, a character is able to make one of around 1,000 available actions; the bots have to make effective decisions while processing what’s going on in the game at a given point in time.
To teach its bots what to do, OpenAI uses reinforcement learning methods, which works on a trial-and-error basis, and over time, the AI evolves.
OpenAI Five, their team of 5 neural networks, plays 180 years worth of games against itself every day, learning via self-play. It is a large scale version of their earlier and simpler solo variant of the game from last year.
In just a couple of hours, the bots are able to learn more than a human can in their lifetime. However, machine learning works in a much different manner than humans, and that’s why the OpenAI bots are not yet the champions.
OpenAI will be playing a top team on 28 July and the match can be watched in a live broadcast on Twitch.
The post says that OpenAI’s goal is not to be the champions at the Dota 2 and win the largest share of the $15 million prize but to understand how training method can help AI solve all kinds of complex problems.