Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments In another win for artificial intelligence, AI bots successfully defeated a group of professional Defense of the Ancients (DotA) 2 players.The multiplayer online battle arena mod pits two teams against each other in an attempt to destroy their opponent’s home base, known as an Ancient.And that’s exactly what OpenAI Five—a set of five cooperative machine learning systems—did during a recent tournament.The day began with a warm-up: audience volunteers playing the first public match against Five, which won in 14 minutes (an evenly matched game generally takes 45 minutes).Once limbered up, the AI unit took on—and wiped the floor with—five North American pros: William “Blitz” Lee, Austin “Capitalist” Walsh, Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas, Ben “Merlini” Wu, and David “MoonMeander” Tan.Boasting a new ability to draft heroes, OpenAI Five won the first game in only 21 minutes and 37 seconds, and the second in fewer than 25 minutes.This victory “is a step towards advanced AI systems which can handle the complexity and uncertainty of the real world,” OpenAI wrote in a blog announcement.For the third match, the non-profit relinquished its greatest skill, instead of allowing audience members to select Five’s characters, putting the machine at a severe disadvantage. It ultimately lost to the humans after 35 minutes and 47 seconds.“These results,” according to the blog, “give us confidence in moving to the next phase of this project: playing a team of professionals at The International,” held in Vancouver from Aug. 20-25.Keep an eye on social media for additional game detailsBut OpenAI Five has dreams greater than DotA 2.“Ultimately, we will measure the success of our DotA system in its application to real-world tasks,” the firm said.Founded in 2015 by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, OpenAI aims to promote and develop friendly AI; it also collaborates with other institutions and researchers by making patents and research open to the public.For all the latest in eSports news head over to our section here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Top Stories Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) hits New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) There is a lot to be disappointed about in a home opening loss to a depleted New England Patriots team that was without Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ninkovich and two starting offensive lineman.So many things went wrong, including a bad snap which led to a potential game-winning field goal going wide left. A roughing the passer call on Kevin Minter, crucial holding penalties to Tyvon Branch and Earl Watford on the same series. And rookie cornerback Brandon Williams getting toasted on a couple of big plays. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But if I needed to pick just one thing that did the Cardinals in, it would be their failures defensively on third down. On the Patriots’ opening possession of the second half, they converted a 3rd-and-6 on a Garoppolo run for 10 yards and a 3rd-and-7 when Williams failed to make a tackle and got beat by Malcolm Mitchell for 28 yards. The play after Williams’ gaffe, LeGarrette Blount bulldozed his way in from eight yards for a 17-7 New England lead.If that wasn’t bad enough, let’s look at the game-winning field goal drive by the Patriots late in the fourth quarter. Garoppolo completed a 32-yard pass to Danny Amendola on a 3rd-and-15 then hit James White for seven yards on a 3rd-and-5 and finally Blount made Patrick Peterson miss a tackle on his way to a 13-yard run to convert a 3rd-and-11 to the Arizona 22-yard line. A few plays later, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal to put the Patriots up 23-21.So many things can be pointed to as to why the Cardinals are licking their wounds today, but nothing looms bigger than the absolute failures by the defense on third downs. – / 55 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact