Google AI beats top human players at strategy game StarCraft II

StarCraft II players battle each other in a futuristic warzone.Credit: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg/Getty

Players of the science-fiction video game StarCraft II faced an unusual opponent this summer. An artificial intelligence (AI) known as AlphaStar — which was built by Google’s AI firm DeepMind — achieved a grandmaster rating after it was unleashed on the game’s European servers, placing within the top 0.15% of the region’s 90,000 players.

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