Tag: artificial intelligence


Elon Musk's self-taught AI bot destroyed an esports pro in 'Dota 2'

In many ways, esports represents the future. Like so many other parts of our modern lives, it’s built around the computer and the internet. Competitions like ‘Dota 2’s’ “The International” draw players from around the world, shrugging off the geopolitical and cultural boundaries that still define many traditional sports. And above all, it fully utilizes…


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Microsoft using artificial intelligence to teach a machine to stay aloft

Microsoft’s autonomous glider soars through the air above Hawthorne, Nev. Once airborne, the glider uses artificial intelligence to find and rely on thermals, or columns of air that rise due to heat, to stay aloft. (Microsoft Photo / John Brecher) Paying attention to the “rise of the machines” increasingly means scanning the skies for things…


Facebook’s AI assistant M expands to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K.

Facebook’s intelligent assistant M is now available for Facebook Messenger users in Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K. M in Facebook Messenger first became available in April . M uses machine learning to scan words used in conversations to recommend actions or services. Tell someone good night and M may suggest a good night sticker….

Start Ups

Allen-backed AI2 incubator aims to connect AI startups with world-class talent

 You can’t swing a cat these days without hitting some incubator or accelerator, or a startup touting its artificial intelligence chops — but for some reason, there are few if any incubators focused just on the AI sector. Seattle’s Allen Institute for AI is doing just that, with the promise of connecting small classes of…

Culture & Gaming

Elon Musk’s Dota 2 AI beats the professionals at their own game

OpenAI takes on Dendi. Last week was the high point of the Dota 2 competitive year: it was the week of The International , Valve’s biggest tournament. On Saturday, Team Liquid walked away with more than $10 million after defeating Newbee 3-0 in the grand final. Right now, one of the requirements to be a…

Culture & Gaming

A bigger risk than North Korea? What OpenAI’s ‘Dota 2’ bot says about artificial intelligence

Pro gamer Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin congratulates members of the OpenAI team after their bot defeated him in one-v-one Dota 2 at The International. Friday at The International, Valve’s  big eSports competition in Seattle, the nonprofit OpenAI  artificial intelligence research company unveiled a bot that defeated one of the world’s top professional gamers  in the video game Dota 2,…

Start Ups

Poncho weather service picks up $2.4 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners

 Poncho, the betaworks-backed weather service, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Ventures. Poncho launched out of betaworks the same year as Giphy and Dots, and uses SMS and email to bring the news to you in an entertaining way. The premise is simple. Instead of having users seek out their own…

Start Ups

OpenAI bot remains undefeated against world’s greatest Dota 2 players

 Last night, OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot beat the world’s most celebrated professional players in one-on-one battles, showing just how advanced these machine learning systems are getting. The bot beat Danil “Dendi” Ishutin rather easily at The International, one of the biggest eSports events in the world, and remains undefeated against the world’s top Dota 2…