+1. The AI will never get better, unfortunately, so lose hope. They really don't know how to do it. They can't even start with the BASICS, like not letting AI be a complete idiot and accept to pay a valuable 50 gold for useless open borders. They could start by adding a rule of "settler escort" so that AI doesn't let his settlers unprotected to be easily captured by players or barbs. I'm not a programmer, but these things are obviously extremely easy to do, and while they're basic, they would improve the AI a lot. They could set correct Tech-Orders so that AI upgrades his techs in a logical fashion. I bet you they're currently more random then not. They could easily make him reject offer of unnecessary luxury resource in exchange for 240 gold. These transactions only help the human. AI doesn't need happiness because he cheats like crazy. I could really make a tl;dr list of easy improvements but there's not much point to it. Conclusion : Either somebody doesn't want the game to have a decent AI, for reasons left open to speculation, or they're completly incompetent. Ignore those who try to taunt you because you kill the crap out of the AI. You are right. AI is horrible and maybe that's still an understatement.