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Back in May, Elon Musk announced that his company, OpenAI, would embark on a mission to create robots that emulate human learning abilities. Now, Musk has announced via Twitter Friday night that OpenAI robots are the first-ever to defeat the world’s best players in competitive esports.

More specifically, OpenAI brought its 1-v-1 robot to The International 2017 tournament to battle pro players in the game Dota 2 which, as Musk explains above, is “vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.” In just a two-week period of real-time learning, OpenAI’s bots managed to defeat some of the world’s best Dota players.

“Our bot has learned — entirely via self-play — to predict where other players will move, to improvise in response to unfamiliar situations, and how to influence the other player’s allied units to help it succeed,” OpenAI explained in a blog post.

The nonprofit AI research company’s next task will be to create a team of 5-v-5 Dota 2 bots capable of defeating top human teams.

Watch OpenAI defeat Dendi at The International 2017 below.

Next, watch Elon Musk test the Boring Company car elevator right here.

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