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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Car companies promote electric cars despite dreary year 2014

The International New York Auto Show starts today, at the Javits Convention Center.

One category trying to get attention is electric cars. Lots of new cars are being displayed there. Some companies have decided to show their latest environment-friendly cars, even though electric cars’ sales in the US are not taking off.

Gregoire Molle reports.

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HBO’s New Streaming Service Threatens Cable

The HBO TV series Game of Thrones will begin its fifth season next week. And this year, for the first time, viewers who don’t subscribe to the network will be able to watch it, and the network’s other series, online and on their mobile devices. Distributors worry that services like this will lead more people to cancel their cable subscriptions.

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