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Monday, June 25, 2018

AI Algorithms Beat Humans in Complex Game

Yes, quite an interesting inflexion point.  Also note that OpenAI is involved.  Also, the game uses collaboration, which AI based automation will require.  Likely getting closer to the process of problem solving and automation. 

Intelligent Machines
A team of AI algorithms just crushed humans in a complex computer game ..... Algorithms capable of collaboration and teamwork can outmaneuver human teams.  by Will Knight  in Technology Review

Five different AI algorithms have teamed up to kick human butt in Dota 2, a popular strategy computer game.

Researchers at OpenAI, a nonprofit based in California, developed the algorithmic A team, which they call the OpenAI Five. Each algorithm uses a neural network to learn not only how to play the game, but also how to cooperate with its AI teammates. It has started defeating amateur Dota 2 players in testing, OpenAI says.

This is an important and novel direction for AI, since algorithms typically operate independently. Approaches that help algorithms cooperate with each other could prove important for commercial uses of the technology. AI algorithms could, for instance, team up to outmaneuver opponents in online trading or ad bidding. Collaborative algorithms might also cooperate with humans. ... " 

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