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An Artificial Intelligence (AI) bot has defeated online gaming champion, Dendi, in a head-to-head game.
A professional gamer since he was 17, Dendi is celebrated as one of the world’s bests. With his team, he took home several online gaming awards, including a gold medal in The International Dota 2 Championships in 2011.
Recently, the gamer had a one-on-one battle against a bot from OpenAI [OH-puh n ahy], an organization funded by business tycoon, Elon Musk. The first game ended in 10 minutes, with the bot gaining the upper hand. Dendi also lost in the second match after conceding to the bot.
After the game, Musk congratulated OpenAI’s bot for being the first to defeat a champion in the complex online game. Unlike Google’s AI that recently defeated a board game champion, OpenAI’s bot won in Dota 2, a real-time strategy game in which players need to predict each other’s moves. OpenAI’s engineers boasted that the bot learned the game on its own in two weeks by battling with itself.
Critics say, however, that Dendi and the bot were not evenly matched. They said that the bot was programmed with Dota 2 information, which the human player did not have access to. With this information, it took the bot only seconds to come up with a strategy that human players learn through years of practice.
AI’s quick progress in recent years has stirred fear in many. Even Musk, who helped fund AI research, has been vocal about his belief that AIs may become dangerous when not properly regulated. He added that he continues to be a patron of AI developers to watch AI’s progress closely.