Hype or Not? Some Perspective on OpenAI's DotA 2 Bot


When I read today's news about OpenAI's DotA 2 bot beating human players at The International, an eSports tournament with a prize pool of over $24M, I was jumping with excitement. These games require long-term strategic decision making, multiplayer cooperation, and have significantly more complex state and action spaces than Chess, Go, or Atari, all of which have been "solved" by AI techniques over the past decades. Given that 1v1 is mostly a game of mechanical skill, it is not surprising that a bot beats human players. And given the severely restricted environment, the artificially restricted set of possible actions, and that there was little to no need for long-term planning or coordination, I come to the conclusion that this problem was actually significantly easier than beating a human champion in the game of Go.

The truth behind Facebook AI inventing a new language


In the particular case of the Facebook negotiation chat bot, you give it examples of negotiation dialogs with the whole situation properly annotated -- what the initial state was, the preferences of the negotiator, what was said, what the result was, etc. The program analyzes all these examples, extracts some features of each dialog, and assigns a number to these features, representing how often dialogs with that feature ended in positive results for the negotiator. AlphaGo started learning from real games played by real people. The original training data set was in English, but the extracted features were just words and phrases, and the robot was just putting them together based on the numerical representation of how likely they were going to help get the desired outcome.

Google's DeepMind to train AI to beat StarCraft II

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The research lab has teamed up with video game company Blizzard Entertainment to open StarCraft II as an AI research environment the firms hope will give insight into the most complex problems related to artificial intelligence. Google's DeepMind research lab has teamed up with video game company Blizzard Entertainment to open StarCraft II as an AI research environment the firms hope will give insight into the most complex problems related to artificial intelligence DeepMind has tackled games like Atari Breakout, but StarCraft II presents new challenges in how it contains multiple layers and sub-goals. Similarly, DeepMind's AlphaGo agent learned strategies for playing the ancient Chinese board game Go – beating human champion Lee Sedol in a man vs machine challenge this year. Gameplay involves a complex mix of skill and strategy, as players mine resources to pay for structures and military units as they explore an unknown map.



Ottawa-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software Companies Land Major Investments In May of this year Google's AlphaGo A.I. Canada has been recognized as a global leader of artificial intelligence; in June, the highly coveted business magazine company, Forbes, published an article validating the AI revolution happening in Canada. In the last two years, AI and machine learning job openings have risen to almost 500% percent, of which 5% are future careers in the capital. Two local companies, and Invest Ottawa clients, leading growth in the field of AI are: Contextere and MindBridge.

After beating the world's elite Go players, Google's AlphaGo AI is retiring


AlphaGo first drew headlines last year when it beat former Go world champion Lee Sedol, and the China event took things to the next level with matches against 19-year-old Jie, and doubles with and against other top Go pros. For that reason, the Future of Go Summit is our final match event with AlphaGo. DeepMind is planning to publish a final review paper on how the AI developed since its matches with Lee Sedol last year. Top players, even Ke Jie himself, studied up on AlphaGo's moves and added some to their arsenal.

Future Belongs to AI, Says Chinese Go Prodigy after Losing to AlphaGo


The future belongs to artificial intelligence (AI), said the Chinese Go prodigy Ke Jie after he was defeated by the Google-owned AlphaGo computer program.



DeepMind's AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, the best human Go player in the world. It was a defining technological moment not unlike IBM's Deep Blue beating… Read More

Google's Artificial Intelligence Destroyed the World's Best Go Player. Then He Gave This Extraordinary Response


It was billed as a battle of human intelligence versus artificial intelligence, man versus machine. Just over a month ago, a Google computer program named AlphaGo competed against 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Ke Jie, the top-ranked player of what is believed to be the world's most sophisticated board game, Go. I see this as a remarkable example of emotional intelligence (EI), the ability to make emotions work for you instead of against you. It's about cultivating a mindset of continuous growth, continuing the journey of self-improvement.

In Edmonton, companies find a humble hub for artificial intelligence


It's there you'll find the professors who solved the game of checkers, beat a top human player in the game of Go and used cutting-edge artificial intelligence to outsmart a handful of professional poker players for the very first time. He's a pioneer in a branch of artificial intelligence research known as reinforcement learning -- the computer science equivalent of treat-training a dog, except in this case the dog is an algorithm that's been incentivized to behave in a certain way. U of A computing science professors and artificial intelligence researchers (left to right) Richard Sutton, Michael Bowling and Patrick Pilarski are working with Google's DeepMind to open the AI company's first research lab outside the U.K., in Edmonton. Last week, Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind announced it was opening its first international office in Edmonton, where Sutton -- alongside professors Michael Bowling and Patrick Pilarski -- will work part-time.