A few weeks ago, we filled you in on OpenAI, a project funded by Elon Musk that pits a team of self-learning AI bots against human players in Dota 2. The machines continue to evolve — good news for us humans, surely! — and last weekend beat a quintet of meatbags that were near the top of the skill tree of Dota 2 players.

The teams played three matches, with the AI winning the first two and the humans taking the third. I watched the end of the second match, and it was pretty brutal, with the humans getting farmed left and right in a futile last-ditch attempt to keep the game going. Kotaku has more on the affair, and you can watch a replay of the whole thing on Twitch.

The human team consisted of “three former Dota 2 pros, one current pro, and a commentator.” The final test will come at the Dota 2 International later this month, when OpenAI challenges a team consisting of the best players in the world. There are some limitations on the games, but it’s still an impressive showing for our future robot overlords.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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