Pro Gamers Fend off Elon Musk-Backed AI Botsfor Now

September 2, 2018

One way to measure progress in artificial intelligence is to chart victories by algorithms over champions of increasingly challenging games—checkers, chess, and, in 2016, Go. On Wednesday, five bots sought to extend AI’s mastery to esports, in the fantasy battle game Dota 2. They failed, as a team of pro gamers from Brazil called paiN defended humanity’s honor—for now. A crowd of thousands in Vancouver’s hockey arena watched the bots…