For those of you who don’t know, the Dota 2 Bot OpenAI was introduced to us at The International 2017, when the one and only Dendi played against it in a 1v1 match, and lost.
What is the Dota 2 Bot OpenAI?
The Dota 2 Bot OpenAI was made by a non-profit artificial intelligence research organization that was founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015. Their aim is to promote and develop a friendly AI in a way to benefit humanity as a whole. In 2017, they decided to start a collaboration with Valve where the OpenAI would learn from one of the most complex games in the world – the Dota 2.
Alright, so. From what we’ve been told by the developers Greg Brockman, and Jacob Steinhardt at The International 2017, is that the Dota 2 Bot OpenAI has no strategies integrated within itself. It solely learns by playing against itself in an eternal 1v1 battle, exploring and experimenting the complex Dota 2 world at a learning rate of an unimaginable 180 years per a single day.
Through this neverending practice, the OpenAI first learned the basics – how to buy items and leave the base. After figuring that out, it encountered itself on the middle lane, learning how to last hit and deny creeps, while trying to harras itself. After two weeks, the bot already knew how to bait, exploit bait, manipulate creep-agro, and simultaneously use items while spell-casting. This was repeated in a perpetual cycle until the bot mastered perfection before encountering its first human.
First Human Encounter
And you wouldn’t believe it. Just after 2 months of preparation, the Dota 2 Bot OpenAI was able to beat our Tear One midlane players. SumaiL, Arteezy, Dendi – players with over 12 years of experience lost to a 2-month-old bot.
Shortly after, Valve announced a contest against the Dota 2 Bot OpenAI. With excitement to beat the best bot in the world, people were coming-up with strategies on how to outmaneuver it. The most successful one was pulling out the first creep wave, thus confusing the bot into now knowing how to react. This way you could easily chip away the first tower, wave by wave, leading you to victory.
After each game against variety of people with all different tactics, the bot became more intelligent by the minute. But that was just the beginning of the Dota 2 Bot OpenAI era. The primal plan was to get the bot to the stage where it could compete in a 5v5 match against the humans.
Less than a year after, we could see the first encounters in a 5v5 match-up at the 2018 events. The bot was firstly playing against amateur teams until it reached the pro level of the recent TI Champions – OG. About a week ago, the bot smacked OG 2:0, where the second game didn’t even last 20 minutes.
With a learning rate of 180 years per day, the OpenAI has been playing Dota 2 for over 40,000 years. When you think open-mindedly, there is no surprise why a bot could beat one of the best teams in the world.
Will Dota 2 Bot OpenAI take over the world?
I don’t think so. Dota 2 comes as a test for the OpenAI. It will progress more in time until it learns all the possible information from the Dota 2 world. It doesn’t have the capability to learn behaviors, so we really don’t have anything to worry about.
The developers of the OpenAI have it crystal clear from the beginning of their mission: “OpenAI’s mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. We’re a team of a hundred people based in San Francisco, California. The OpenAI Charter describes the principles that guide us as we execute on our mission.”
It’s important to believe in the progress of the OpenAI. As it rises in progress, its possibility to learn cures to diseases, rejuvenation of the world’s Biosphere, and even the answer to the existence of the Universe, rises as well. So guys, keep calm and play Dota 2.