In a media-broadcast demonstration, Sophy bested four of the world’s top Gran Turismo drivers in head-to-head contests, proving the tech’s superiority to mere mortals. But Sophy’s aspiration was never to crush humanity’s spirits or to leave it feeling defeated. On the contrary, it was meant to spark fresh excitement in e-sports, especially among elite players who felt they had no challenge left to answer. “I feel frustrated, that never happened before battling with an AI,” Tomoaki Yamanaka, one of the four racers, said after the loss. “I drove like I would drive against a human. That’s a really amazing thing.”
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