I wonder what the last “AI does a thing” headline will ever be. The one Google DeepMind are imagining, on their quest to create a genuine general intelligence, is something like “AI can do everything far better than you, nuh nuh”. By their measure, their AI AlphaStar has climbed one more rung towards that goal by reaching Grandmaster level on StarCraft 2‘s European servers. That means it can’t beat the very best, but it is “within the top 0.15% of the region’s 90,000 players”.
That’s impressive, especially considering the greater limits on its perspective and actions per minute since the last time DeepMind sent it to do battle. This version can play all three races on any map, and is limited to a camera perspective in a similar way to a human player. It’s a neat accomplishment, but I’m glad I got the chance to talk to the team and poke a caveat or two out of them.