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The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Mike Wadhera Contributor<p>Mike Wadhera is the founder of Teleport.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The future of mobile video is virtual reality<p>Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, …

Why VR is the next big thing for brands

In advertising, how often do we get a chance to explore something completely new, where no rules apply and where the experience needs to be imagined from start to finish? Telling a story, selling a product and leading a user inside a VR ad environment was previously uncharted territory.<p>While …

TravelPerk gets $7M Series A to take the pain out of booking business travel

Barcelona based TravelPerk, a business travel booking platform founded last year by a team of ex-Booking.com employees, has closed a $7 million Series A round of financing led by Spark Capital. Additional investors including Sunstone Capital and existing backer LocalGlobe. As part of the financing, …

Startups

Elon Musk wants people on Mars by 2025

One can never underestimate the ambition of SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk .<p>After making a bold adjustment to Tesla Motors’ outlook, saying the company could produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018, Musk now says that he says SpaceX may be able to have people on Mars by 2025. More …

Why an inevitable “bust” of the tech boom won’t be such a bad thing

Silicon Valley is experiencing an extended boom that has only recently shown signs of fatigue.<p>While the local real estate/rental markets remain on fire, given an increasingly restrained funding environment, devaluations for once-hot startups, notable recent layoffs at high-profile tech companies …

Shape-shifting digital interface acts like solids and liquids

MIT's Tangible Media Group has been working for some time on a shape-changing interface that allows users to manipulate data and run simulations based on digital input. Following on from InForm, a dynamic display that uses a Kinect camera to simulate a the arms of a user in a different location in …

A legal battle about the Klingon language could affect the future of computer programming

The most ardent Star Trek fans go so far as to make their own versions of the classic movies—but not without legal risks. Last year Paramount Pictures and CBS hit the makers of a Kickstarter-funded film with a lawsuit. They claimed that <i>Prelude to Axanar</i>, a 2014 short, and its planned full-length …

Star Trek

Watch an Artificial Intelligence Learn to Play SUPER MARIO WORLD

Now let me be clear: this video is a harbinger for the end of days. It is the culmination of so many of our fears: artificial intelligence left to …

Universe is expanding up to 9% faster than we thought, say scientists

Measurements taken by Hubble space telescope conflict with studies of radiation left over from Big Bang – fuelling theories of ‘dark energy’ and mystery particles<p>The universe is expanding faster than anyone had previously measured or calculated from theory. This is a discovery that could test part …

Universe

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it’ll just be a matter of looking …

Why Digital Computers Can't Have Consciousness

Some of today's top techies and scientists are very publicly expressing their concerns over apocalyptic scenarios that are likely to arise as a result of machines with motives. Among the fearful are intellectual heavyweights like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, who all believe that …

Consciousness