2-Way: Michael Littman on What AlphaGo Means for the Field of Artificial Intelligence

Lee Sedol is having a bad week. Sedol is the world’s reigning GO champion. If you didn’t know, GO is a Chinese board game that’s like chess, but way more complex. The champ is currently losing in a best of five series against a Google computer program AlphaGo. And many experts say a win for AlphaGo would be the biggest thing to happen in the field of artificial intelligence, or A.I., since an IBM’s software program, DeepBlue, beat a world chess grandmaster in 1997. I spoke to Michael Littman, a professor of computer science at Brown University, about what this means for the future of A.I.

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Where Is the Black Vote?

In the last Presidential election the percentage of black voters was higher than the percentage of white….by 2 percent. 66 percent to 64. Celebrities, community influencers and student groups worked to mobilize the black vote. Now…with presidential primaries in full swing again. Black Votes Matter a New York based PAC, is trying to recreate that momentum. Jaki Johnson reports.

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Why Campaign Donors Give Years Before Elections

It’s election season and politicians are traveling the country to raise funds for their campaigns. Cruz. Rubio. Sanders. Clinton. Even Mayor Bill de Blasio has raised over one million dollars… for his OWN re-election. But that election is more than a year and a half away. Reporter Stephan Bisaha went to find out why donors give SO early.

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Epidemic of Evictions: The Root of Poverty

Evictions in New York City are down. According to tenant advocacy group Housing Court Answers – almost 20 percent from 2014.That’s the lowest they’ve been in a decade. The mayor credits new city programs aimed at helping low-income tenants. But as Tyler Pratt reports, many feel evictions are still a big problem, even, an epidemic.

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Commuters Prepare for Looming NJ Transit Strike

If you’re one of the over 100,000 commuters who rely on New Jersey Transit to get to work or school in the morning, you may already know. Negotiators and representatives from the transit agency and labor unions have been meeting all day. Their goal… to try to prevent a strike that could start as early as 12:01 Sunday morning .. With fewer than 36 hours to go Alison Vicrobeck heads to Secaucus, to find out how commuters are preparing.

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Holi Celebrations in New York City


The weather’s warm, spring’s almost here, and for many Hindus around the world, that means it’s time to celebrate Holi. The Hindu holiday honors the triumph of good over evil – with lots of color. The most visual part of the celebration involves throwing and smearing brightly colored powder over everyone. In the United States, Holi is starting to become big business – with music festivals and events called color runs – where runners are covered in the colors as they compete. For some Hindus, there’s a worry that as the holiday becomes mainstream, it’s losing its meaning. Erin Golackson has more.

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Does Staten Island Get Enough Transit Funding?


The 1 Train isn’t stopping at South Ferry this weekend. If you live on Staten Island, that means one less transit option to get you to the rest of the city – and that’s after you take the ferry.

Some residents say the borough is a transit desert, with the current system failing to move customers both on and off the island efficiently.

With major transit projects around the city getting billions of dollars in funding, reporter Daniel Rostas went to find out: why isn’t Staten Island getting the same transit investments as other boroughs?

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New Bill Proposes Safe Injection Sites


In 2014, New York City saw more deaths by heroin overdose than it did by murder. And it’s left officials wondering what we could do to help lower the number. Just yesterday, New York State Assemblymember — and fellow Upper West Sider — Linda Rosenthal, announced she plans to introduce legislation to make safe injection sites a possibility state-wide. I spoke with the Assemblymember and asked her how they might work.

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