StarCraft is a deep, complicated war strategy game. Google's AlphaStar AI crushed it.


Studies show that lots of Americans are worried that AI is coming for their jobs -- Uber and Lyft drivers, couriers, receptionists, even software engineers. A remarkable exhibition match today suggested that another group that should be worried is ... pro video gamers? In a stunning demonstration of how far AI capabilities have come, AlphaStar -- a new AI system from Google's DeepMind -- competed with pro players in a series of competitive StarCraft games. StarCraft is a complicated strategy game that requires players to consider hundreds of options at any given moment, to make strategic choices with payoffs a long way down the road, and to operate in a fast-changing environment with imperfect information. More than 200,000 games are played every day.

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