Deal approved to greenlight Folsom St development

first_img 0% “When developers are willing to work with the community good projects can be built quickly,” Ronen said in a statement. “My door is always open to any developer or community member who wants to be part of the solution and will help us build affordable housing.”The eight off-site units will not be built at a later date, unlike off-site units provided by many other developers. Instead, Axis will purchase eight units of existing housing and bring them into the city’s small sites program, which preserves buildings with relatively few units that currently house rent-controlled, low-income tenants at risk of displacement. The buildings Axis agrees to buy will then be transferred to a Mission-based nonprofit to maintain and manage as affordable housing units.The deal also includes an agreement that Axis will lease 5,200 square feet of ground-floor space to an arts nonprofit for just $1 per year for the next 55 years.Axis also agreed to use only union labor in the construction of the project, and offer 4,000 square feet of free outdoor community art gallery space on a publicly accessible walkway between Folsom and Treat streets.Both arts spaces are to be managed by a Mission-based nonprofit, though one has not yet been named.A mural along the side of the building that currently stands on the site, a restaurant fixture warehouse, was painted by children attending Jamestown Community Center and Cesar Chavez Elementary School. That mural will be removed, but under the agreement, it will need to be taken down intact enough to be reconstructed elsewhere. Axis must develop a new mural with the original designers in a publicly accessible location, as well as collaborate with Calle 24 on another mural on the wall of the building that faces Parque Niños Unidos.Members of the Axis Development Group could not be reached for comment by press time, but made a statement released through Ronen’s office.“We are thrilled to have reached an agreement with Calle 24 and look forward to bringing new homes to the Mission. We appreciate Supervisor Ronen for taking a leading role in making this outcome happen. The Latino Cultural District is deeply important to the Mission and we are proud that our project will add much-needed housing, good jobs, and substantial art and culture space for local artists,” wrote Muhammad A. Nadhiri, Managing Partner at Axis Development Group, in the statement.An appeal of the project on environmental grounds, brought by Calle 24, has been scheduled to be heard at the Board of Supervisors several times and tabled in order for the parties to reach an agreement. Its next hearing would have been Tuesday afternoon. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Activists and the developer of a 117-unit mixed-use project at 2675 Folsom Street have come to an agreement under which the activists opposed to the development will drop their appeal and the project will be able to go forward. As part of the agreement, the developer of the project will make more than 5,000 square feet of arts space available to a nonprofit nearly for free for the next 55 years and will purchase eight units of existing housing to hand over to a housing nonprofit.Supervisor Hillary Ronen acted as the mediator between the Calle 24 Latino Cultural Corridor group, which had appealed the project, and Axis Development. Under the deal, counting both 23 on-site and eight off-site units, an equivalent of 27 percent of the project’s units will be below-market-rate, compared with 20 percent in the original proposal.The deal is the second brokered by Ronen between Calle 24 and a developer in the Latino Cultural District, with the other at 1515 South Van Ness Avenue yielding a million-dollar donation and a temporary homeless shelter.“I think we’ll keep pushing any other developers that come here,” Arguello said. “We’re setting a different kind of standard, not just for the Latino Cultural District, but for the whole neighborhood.”last_img read more

DAs change of heart in SFPD police shooting of Amilcar Perez Lopez

first_imgThis past April, District Attorney George Gascón announced he would not file charges against the officers who killed 20-year-old Guatemalan immigrant Amilcar Perez Lopez with six bullets to the back. No trial, no day in court, no reprimand.Think of the recent, outrageous verdict in the Philando Castile case–except Amilcar’s case was never even brought to trial. The following piece was written by Father Richard Smith, the vicar of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist on 15th and Julian Streets and a leading advocate for justice in the five police shootings that have taken place in the Mission since 2011.  Max Szabo, District Attorney George Gascon’s press officer responded and we have included his response below as well as a final answer to Szabo’s response by Father Smith.   Flip-flop #3: “Serious breach” or simple “screwup”? On the night Amilcar was killed, but before the DA’s independent investigators could examine the crime scene, police directed the Medical Examiner to remove Amilcar’s body. At any homicide, the decedent’s body is critical evidence. So in a KQED interview Gascón understandably described the body’s removal as “a serious breach of protocol”. Separately to me, he said this breach had made his work “much more difficult”, requiring outside forensic experts to reconstruct the crime scene, causing significant delays.But then, as reported in Mission Local and in the July 25, 2016 meeting with community leaders,Gascón flip-flopped, saying the removal of Amilcar’s body was not a serious breach after all, but simply “a screwup” whose impact on the investigation was unclear.Why his reversal in favor of the police? A disturbing bias toward police. In each of these three key areas, Gascón endorses police-serving accounts which he previously disbelieved, without so much as questioning their reliability in his report. As civil rights attorney Ben Rosenfeld correctly concludes: “[Gascon’s report on Amilcar’s killing] resolves contradictory evidence in favor of the officers, omits details that are unhelpful to them, and enlists a so-called expert to explain, in feats of mental gymnastics, how officers who first claimed Perez Lopez was lunging at one of them managed to shoot him six times in the back of his body.”Despite Gascón’s recent calls for police reform, his three flip-flops in this investigation of an actual police shooting reveal an underlying bias in favor of the police. They provide cover for the unjustified violence by police against people of color. They portend more whitewashes to come in the SFPD shooting investigations his office has yet to complete.Because DAGascón has some explaining to do about these and many other issues his report raises, community leaders invited him to a town hall meeting in the Mission. Although he did not respond to it, that invitation still stands. Tags: police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% During the two-year investigation leading to his decision, three flip-flops by Gascón offer a glimpse into how he got here –and how his ongoing investigations into the many other SFPD-involved shootings may unfold.Flip-flop #1: The credibility of the police. On June 2, 2016, after several community leaders and I had a meeting with Gascón in his office, I asked him about Amilcar’s case. He told me he did not believe the police officers’ accounts of Amilcar’s killing.By that time, he had examined almost all the testimony from police, the community, the bystanders, along with available video and audio recordings. Although he was still awaiting a report from an outside expert, he believed the officers had shot Amilcar when he was running for his life. But Gascón subsequently reversed himself. In his final report exonerating the police, he said they had fired in self-defense and to protect another person.What had changed? Certainly not the known facts, which remained substantially the same. Even the long-awaited outside expert had introduced no new evidence, but had simply interpreted what the DA’s office shared with him.So, why Gascón’s flip-flop favoring the police version of events? Flip-flop #2: The credibility of a key police witness. In a later meeting with community leaders on July 25, 2016, Gascón told us he believed the key witness for the police was “a liar.” Indeed, many in the neighborhood already knew this witness to be an alcoholic and a bully, and in the days after Amilcar’s killing, he had provided several conflicting accounts to police, to Gascón’s investigators, to an investigator for Amilcar’s civil attorneys, and to neighbors. Gascón’s candid assessment of this witness was not surprising.What was surprising was the full credence the DA’s final report gave this witness, without even a whiff of skepticism.Why the 180-degree reversal presenting this witness’ testimony favoring the police as credible? 0% The DA’s press spokesperson, Max Szabo responded:We believe the public deserves an opportunity to review the evidence, legal analysis and our conclusion which is why we published a detailed account of the investigation.  In relation to what Father Smith is alleging, however, please see the attached charts which show where witness statements and physical evidence either confirmed or contradicted the police officers’ statements.Courtesy of DA George Gascón’s office.Courtesy of George Gascón’s officeWe understand that Father Smith and others in the community are frustrated with the outcome in this case, especially being as though the decedent was shot in the back.  Ultimately, it appears Father Smith concludes that the officers must be guilty of a crime because their statements are contradicted by some of the physical evidence, in that Officer Reboli’s statement that Mr. Perez-Lopez was coming towards him with the knife when he fired his weapon appears to contradict the physical evidence (being as though Mr. Perez-Lopez was shot in the back).  I do not mean to trivialize the use of force expert’s analysis about how Mr. Perez-Lopez could have turned after Officer Reboli had already made the decision to shoot, but ultimately the shooting would still have been justified even if Perez-Lopez had been running away from Reboli him when he made the decision to shoot.This is because, even if Mr. Perez-Lopez was running away from the officers when they fired their weapons –  thereby opening the door to the possibility that they did not have a fear for their own safety – the direction Amilcar would be running would still give the officers a reasonable belief that Abraham P was in danger.  Therefore, even under this scenario, pursuant to the law, the officers could have a “reasonably subjective belief that they were acting in the defense of others.”  Discharging their weapons in the defense of others is a legally permitted justification for use of force.As the DA has said, we will never know what exactly happened in those split seconds – which direction Amilcar was facing, and to whom he posed a threat when the officers made the decision to shoot.  But ultimately, given the proximity of a suspect with a knife to the officers and Abraham P – of just a few feet – the law does not distinguish between whether he was shot coming towards the officers or running towards Abraham P.  The law gives significant deference to officers in situations in which they have to make split second decisions.  Our role is to apply the evidence to the law and to determine if we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt, to 12 objective jurors, that the officers did not have a reasonably subjective belief that they were acting in the defense of others.To be clear, since taking office in 2011 the DA has prosecuted at least 18 law enforcement officers for crimes including assault under color of authority (excessive force), perjury, and more.  So the suggestion that we chose not to charge officers in this case for some untold reason – other than that the evidence didn’t support filing charges – defies logic.Sincerest Regards,Max SzaboFather Smith’s ResponseThe DA’s office has still not addressed our concerns. We did not allege the officers are guilty of anything. Rather, we’ve said from the beginning this tragic police killing should have been brought to trial where evidence from both sides could have been weighed and evaluated, where witnesses from both sides could be examined and cross-examined, all in the light of day. Then a jury could have decided.We, and the officers, should have been given our day in court.As it was, DA Gascon took it upon himself to decide in favor of the officers. The decision is questionable for many reasons, not least of which is the DA’s own apparent bias toward the police.So the question remains: Why so much flip-flopping by the DA? Why did he end up endorsing the very police-serving accounts he previously disbelieved, without even questioning their reliability in his final report?last_img read more

New 300000 square foot warehouse coming to Port of Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new 300,000 square foot warehouse is expected to be constructed at the Port of Wilmington by the end of next year.A real estate development firm out of Jacksonville, Florida called Chesterfield is behind the project.- Advertisement – The facility will be located 0.9 miles form the port’s south gate and will have a minimum 32 foot clear height, as well as more than 100 dock doors.It will sit on a 23 acre plot of land and an adjacent eleven acre plot is available for expansion.The goal is to attract companies in the distribution and logistics sector to become tenants of the warehouse.last_img

Coast Guard rescues two men after boat hits object off Carolina Beach

first_img A boat crew from the station launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat to assist the boaters. Once they arrived on scene, a boat crew member boarded the men’s boat with a dewatering pump to keep the boat from sinking.“Anything can happen, anywhere, at any time when out on the water,” said Fireman Nolan Jackson, a crew member on the Coast Guard boat. “Know your boat, know your safety gear and be prepared to contact the Coast Guard as soon as possible if anything were to happen.”Related Article: Child hit by Jeep in Carolina Beach has died from injuriesThe crews were able to keep up with flooding and make it to the Wrightsville Beach Wildlife boat ramp under the boat’s own power and it was trailered out of the water. A large gash could be seen in the hull.The boaters were wearing life jackets when the Coast Guard crew arrived and no injuries or pollution were reported. Coast Guard helps 2 men to safety after their boat hit an object off North Carolina coast. (Photo: Coast Guard) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued two men whose boat began taking on water after hitting an object Wednesday morning, about 13 miles off Carolina Beach.At 9:10 a.m., they contacted Station Wrightsville Beach watchstanders stating they had struck an object off the coast, were taking on water and their bilge pump failed.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Officials say amount of debris has already surpassed that of Matthew

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County officials are two weeks into debris cleanup, and they say they have gotten to around 20% of the county so far. But, if you are still waiting for the county to come out and clean up the debris from your home, you are not alone.Almost every house in the Northchase neighborhood has piles and piles of debris covering their front lawn. Some residents say that finally getting rid of this debris will be a step towards some normalcy back in their lives.- Advertisement – “I don’t know how they want to get it all or where they want to put it all. Everything has debris on it,” said Terry Reed, who lives in Northchase.Reed says he just wants everything gone.“It’s going to be great to get back to normal. You’re kind of living in a disaster, and it would be nice to get back to a normal routine,” said Reed.Related Article: Brunswick County Schools announce calendar changes due to FlorenceThere are 48 zones in the New Hanover County, and Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman, says they have crews in all but three.“As of yesterday, we have picked up 200,000 cubic yards of debris. And just for perspective, the entire Hurricane Matthew amount was 88,000. So we’re already well past Hurricane Matthew and we’ve only been out there collecting for two weeks,” said Suleyman.In addition to collecting fallen trees and debris, beginning Monday, crews will start collecting carpets and furniture. He hopes to be finished before Thanksgiving. Residents are doing their part to speed things up.“It takes a lot of time. You can’t do it in one day. Fortunately, we got the bulk of the debris picked up today, so that helps. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Reed.New Hanover County officials say they are working as hard as they can to make this process quick and effective. But residents like Reed say the Northchase neighborhood still has a long recovery process ahead of them.last_img read more

Pedestrian hit by car on Highway 17 in Brunswick County

first_img A state trooper at the scene said a man was hit and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.No word on the extent of the victim’s injuries. His identity has not been released at this time.We’ll have more details as they become available. Man hit by car on Highway 17 in Brunswick County on April 22, 2019 (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A pedestrian was hit by a car Monday morning on Highway 17 in Winnabow.It happened at 10:40 a.m. in the southbound lanes near the Han-Dee Hugo’s.- Advertisement – last_img

Ukraine enters uncharted new era after comedian wins presidency

first_img SharePrint ReutersReuters Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide.The emphatic victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.With over 90 percent of the vote counted, Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of the vote with Poroshenko winning just under 25 percent.Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, is now poised to take over the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.Declaring victory at his campaign headquarters to emotional supporters on Sunday night, Zelenskiy promised he would not let the Ukrainian people down.“I’m not yet officially the president, but as a citizen of Ukraine, I can say to all countries in the post-Soviet Union  look at us. Anything is possible!”Zelenskiy, whose victory fits a pattern of anti-establishment figures unseating incumbents in Europe and further afield, has promised to end the war in the eastern Donbass region and to root out corruption amid widespread dismay over rising prices and sliding living standards.But he has been coy about exactly how he plans to achieve all that and investors want reassurances that he will accelerate reforms needed to attract foreign investment and keep the country in an International Monetary Fund programme.“Since there is complete uncertainty about the economic policy of the person who will become president, we simply don’t know what is going to happen and that worries the financial community,” said Serhiy Fursa, an investment banker at Dragon Capital in Kiev.“We need to see what the first decisions are, the first appointments. We probably won’t understand how big these risks are earlier than June. Perhaps nothing will change.”WEST WATCHING CLOSELYThe United States, the European Union and Russia will be closely watching Zelenskiy’s foreign policy pronouncements to see if and how he might try to end the war against pro-Russian separatists that has killed some 13,000 people.U.S. President Donald Trump phoned Zelenskiy and pledged to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, while European Council President Donald Tusk congratulated the Ukrainian people on what he called a show of democratic maturity.Zelenskiy said on Sunday he planned to continue European-backed talks with Russia on a so far largely unimplemented peace deal and would try to free Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia, which is holding 24 Ukrainian sailors among others.Viktor Medvedchuk, the Kremlin’s closest ally in Ukraine, last week outlined ways in which Ukraine and Russia could mend ties, though Zelenskiy has given no indication of being open to the prospect.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Ukraine now had a chance to “reset” and unite its people.Zelenskiy has pledged to keep Ukraine on a pro-Western course, but has sounded less emphatic than Poroshenko about possible plans for the country of 42 million people to one day join the European Union and NATO.Poroshenko, who conceded defeat but said he planned to stay in politics, said on social media he thought Zelenskiy’s win would spark celebrations in the Kremlin.“They believe that with a new inexperienced Ukrainian President, Ukraine could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence,” he wrote.Critics accuse Zelenskiy of having an unhealthily close working relationship with a powerful oligarch called Ihor Kolomoisky, whose TV channel broadcasts his comedy shows.Zelenskiy has rejected those accusations.One of the most important and early tests of that promise will be the fate of PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest lender, which was nationalised in 2016.The government wrested PrivatBank from Kolomoisky as part of a banking system clean-up backed by the IMF, which supports Ukraine with a multi-billion dollar loan programme.But its fate hangs in the balance after a Kiev court ruled days before the election that the change of PrivatBank’s ownership was illegal, delighting Kolomoisky but rocking the central bank which said it would appeal.Zelenskiy has repeatedly denied he would seek to hand PrivatBank back to Kolomoisky if elected or help the businessman win compensation for the ownership change.The IMF will be watching closely too to see if Zelenskiy will allow gas prices to rise to market levels, an IMF demand but a politically sensitive issue and one Zelenskiy has been vague about.Zelenskiy gave few new policy details on Sunday, but said he wanted a new general prosecutor to replace incumbent Yuriy Lutsenko, and spoke of wanting new generals to work in the army.His unorthodox campaign traded on the character he plays in the TV show, a scrupulously honest schoolteacher who becomes president by accident after an expletive-ridden rant about corruption goes viral.Zelenskiy has promised to fight corruption, a message that has resonated with Ukrainians fed up with the status quo in a country that is one of Europe’s poorest nearly three decades after breaking away from the Soviet Union.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Missionary priest creates wheelchair tricycles for disabled in Ghana

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Bro. Trevor Robinson with two disabled persons who were given a trycicle wheelchairBro. Trevor Robinson with two disabled persons who were given a trycicle wheelchair Looking at the “last among the last”, marginalized, vulnerable and without any help,  living on the streets of Tamale, a town in Ghana with more thatn 300,000 inhabitants, Brother Trevor Robinson, an English missionary of the White Fathers (the Society of Missionaries of Africa), had the evangelical desire to dedicate time and energy to improve their living conditions.On the streets of Tamale, you see boys and adults with disabilities. In those conditions, disabled people can only stay near their home. The rest of the world does not exist for them and, above all, they live in a degrading condition.50 wheelchairs a weekExploring the possibilities to remedy that situation, Brother Trevor designed a wheelchair tricycle that enables the person to sit in a wheelchair-type bike seat and move pedals with their hands, thus enabling them to have mobility.According to FIDES news agency, from the project to the first prototype, the step was short and, thanks to the help of volunteers and donors, Brother Robinson started the work of recovering useful material, such as pieces of old bicycles donated by friends or acquaintances.“When I started, I thought of turning this tricycle into an opportunity for street kids. I asked some of them to help me. At first, we produced about ten a week. Now, slowly, we have reached fifty,”  said the missionary. The total price of a tricycle for disabled people is about 250 euros.Regaining hope“They have been given to men, women and older children who are too poor to purchase a wheelchair like this for themselves. Some people offer us a little money if they have it — but for the most part, those who are receiving them are too poor to pay anything at all. The wheelchair tricycles allow people to have dignity.“When a disabled person manages to obtain one of these means he enters a new dimension and regains a hope of life. Thanks to the tricycle, he can move anywhere. This allows him to relate with many people and to grow. Not only that, but his muscles become stronger and this improves his physical health condition. Now there is a glimmer of gratitude and light in their lives.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Piracy rate at 80 percent in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement While the global rate of software piracy stands at around 42 percent, in Africa it is closer to 80 percent, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA).The highest rate of piracy is in Zimbabwe, where 92 percent of software is being used illegally.“You could call it a developing world phenomenon,” says the BSA’s legal affairs manager Warren Weertman, who points out that a similar problem exists in Asia. Nor, he says, is it hard to understand why it happens. – Advertisement – “What you see is a proliferation of counterfeit or unlicensed copies of software being made available, often at a significantly reduced price,” Weertman says. “So people will often feel, ‘why buy a copy of Microsoft Office for what could be a couple of hundred dollars when you can pick up a bootleg copy for a couple of dollars?’.”[related-posts]Industry leaders, including the BSA and Microsoft, have been campaigning hard to convince both consumers and governments that software piracy doesn’t just hurt tech multinationals.It’s an uphill battle; in Africa, as Weertman points out, intellectual property (IP) rights are rarely enforced even when they are enshrined in law.From an economic perspective, it behooves African governments to work harder on the issue, Weertman believes. Along with generating tax revenues, buying licensed software also creates jobs, says Weertman.“When people are making use of licensed software, chances are that there will actually be in increase in jobs to support that legitimate IT infrastructure in markets,” he says. “It’s not just about lost tax. It actually goes to the heart of the issue of employment.”Pirated software can also cost a customer or business more when it stops working or works slowly, Weertman says, and comes with security risks.”We find that in most copies of counterfeit software a lot of the security features have been disabled.”One of the most crucial steps towards enforcing IP rights is for African governments to update their legal frameworks, Weertman says, which in some cases can be decades old. South Africa’s copyright act, he says, dates back to the 1970s, and although it has been modified several times since then, “it’s still not up to date with the digital economy that exists in the world today”.Microsoft has mounted a campaign to fight piracy across the continent. Monique Ferreira, Microsoft’s anti-piracy manager for South Africa, says the company focuses on educating the public about the security risks of piracy and the consequences of being caught — many consumers, she says, aren’t even aware they’re breaking the law. But they also work closely with the police and governments across the continent, trying to boost enforcement.A focus on law enforcement has yielded results in the past. Piracy rates in Russia fell from 73 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2011, says Weertman, largely due to rigorous prosecution of IP offenders by local police.But, he admits, many African consumers are simply unable to afford software licenses. “It can be a tricky debate, because ultimately it is important that people do get access to software,” he says.Microsoft has been finding ways for cash-strapped consumers to access legal versions of its products. These include offering pared-down versions of its Office suite at a reduced price, and a program allowing schools and universities licensing Office for their staff to install it free on students’ computers.Source: Zdnetlast_img read more

AlphaGo Does it Again – Beats Another Worlds TopRanked Player in the

first_imgChinese Go player Ke Jie puts a stone against Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo during their first match at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer Advertisement A year after South Korean grandmaster Lee Se-Dol was trounced to Google’s  AlphaGo DeepMind AI – making it the first time in history a computer programme to beat a top player in a full contest, the AI is doing it again as it beat the world’s top-ranked player; a 19 year old Ke Jie in a 3000 year old ancient Chinese board game Go in the first of three planned games on Tuesday.According to reports by Reuters, the game was streamed live on Google-owned video sharing platform; YouTube, while Executives from DeepMind that developed the program sent out updates live on micro-blogging website; Twitter.With two more games left, Ke will face the AI once again on Thursday and Saturday. – Advertisement – “AlphaGo’s successes hint at the possibility for general AI to be applied to a wide range of tasks and areas, to perhaps find solutions to problems that we as human experts may not have considered,” Demis Hassabis, Founder at DeepMind said ahead of this week’s matches, NDTV news reports.AI’s ultimate goal is to create general or multi-purpose, rather than narrow, task-specific intelligence something resembling human reasoning and the ability to learn.Chinese Go player Ke Jie reacts during his first match with Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China May 23, 2017. REUTERS/StringerFor what we know, AI has previously beaten humans in cerebral contests, starting with IBM’s Deep Blue defeating chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, but according to reports, AlphaGo’s win against Lee last year is considered the most significant win for AI as yet.Notably, Go is most popular in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, involves two contestants moving black and white stones across a square grid, aiming to seize the most territory. According to Reuters, the board game is favored by AI researchers because of the large number of outcomes compared to other games such as: chess.Go is considered perhaps the most complex game ever devised, with an incomputable number of move options that puts a premium on intuition. And according to Google there are more potential positions in a Go game than atoms in the universe.last_img read more