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Google's 'DeepMind' AI destroys professional StarCraft II players

Artificial intelligence is improving at quite a fast pace, and companies like Google are showcasing their superior technology in games. You may have heard about a computer facing off against numerous professional gamers lately. Well, get ready for even more news on that front. This time around, Google's "DeepMind" managed to destroy some professional gamers at StarCraft II. It wasn't just one match, it was several.

Engadget wrote, "After laying waste to the best... players in the world, DeepMind has moved on to computer games. The Google-owned artificial intelligence company has been fine-tuning... to take on StarCraft II and today showed off its first head-to-head matches against professional gamers." The report adds that the computer-controlled opponent, "named AlphaStar, managed to pick up ten wins against StarCraft II professionals TLO and MaNa in two separate five-game series that originally took place back in December. After racking up ten straight losses, the pros finally scored a win."

While gaming isn't really a good demonstration of this technology — it can be used to further a lot of other areas such as theoretical physics and even medicine — it does paint a picture of how far DeepMind has come to understand human behavior. All I know is that I definitely wouldn't want to go up against DeepMind in any game, let alone an experience as competitive as StarCraft II.

What do you think about DeepMind's victories over professionals? Let us know. It'll be interesting to see if such advanced artificial intelligence technology makes its way to games one day. However, given the computing requirements, it might only be a multiplayer or cloud-based experience.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

12 Comments
  • Do you want Terminators? Because that is how you get Terminators!
  • Well, you have to give the AI the ability to launch nukes first.
  • Don't worry it'll get access by itself lol
  • Umm... ya've just trained advanced Google AI to destroy humans in strategic grand-scale war... Nice one..
  • Give it some more time to develop. The matches won were a bit 'flawed'. They still need to tune the agent(s).
  • "While gaming isn't really a good demonstration of this technology" - Of course it is. If done right.
  • Wonder how it goes at Tic Tac Toe...
  • If it plays itself, does it deem that nuclear warfare makes no sense and shouldn't happen?
  • Is it that we are really old that we still reference that film or that we watch too much TV? Discuss... :)
  • For me it is the former. That was one of my favorite movies, and in some ways still is. I actually own a copy on DVD that I never opened.
  • Rise of the machines.
  • Interesting that the player(s) could beat it after 10th attempt. To me. shows that it's possible to learn a new playing pattern to beat these advanced AI patterns - albeit a much more advanced one than a "normal" AI level opponent's.