The Future of AI is OpenAI

The Future of AI is OpenAI

As we look into bots in class, the first company that comes to mind in regards to artificial intelligence is OpenAI. Backed by Elon Musk, and many other funders like Amazon, OpenAI is a Machine Learning research company whose goal is to catapult our current intelligent technology far beyond its current level. What’s crazy is that the company actually accomplishes this by letting the computers teach everything to themselves.

Some of OpenAI’s most successful projects come from their self-play learning system: where apart from telling the computers when they are doing a good job, the computers themselves are left to figure out how to accomplish a task.

One example of this is OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot. Dota 2 is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game that has a huge competitive following. The bot itself is unlike the usual bots in the game because it isn’t given any sets of moves beforehand. The bot has to test the water for itself. It learns it has inputs, then that each input has an action, then that there are enemies that do harm, and positive things to do to combat attacks, etc. Until, like what happened around August 16th, 2017, the bot is perfectly capable of playing the game on it’s own.

It is still learning, though, and through more trial and error can only get better. You can read more about the specifics of their task here, but motivating the bots to use tactics that professionals use has given them an edge where they can beat even some of the best players in the world. One thing that is unique that is explained in this video is that the bot even learns from what the opponent is doing in real time. And, because in development the opponent is always a copy of the bot, it always has an equal competitor to learn from. Using pattern recognition and pre-developed strategies from previous generations of the bot, it develops ways to climb its own ladder of success.

Machine Learning is an incredible technology which, thanks to OpenAI and other frontrunners in the field, is helping us understand and progress society today. Although scary, this technology can be used for even more practical applications like prediction of spread of diseases, halting the spread of viruses, and more. It’s even starting to be put into our cars to make commuting safer and easier. Applications for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are everywhere, and are setting humanity up for using the technology to make slight improvements to our lives in the future.

for those curious, here’s actual gameplay:

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