Neel Kshetramade

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Looking for Life on a Flat Earth

What a burgeoning movement says about science, solace, and how a theory becomes truth.<p>On the last Sunday afternoon in March, Mike Hughes, a sixty-two-year-old limousine driver from Apple Valley, California, successfully launched himself above the Mojave Desert in a homemade steam-powered rocket. …

Flat Earth Society

HTC just released a new VR headset, and it’s the first of its kind

If you’re looking to dip your toe into the waters of VR, this may just be the product for you. The latest product from HTC isn’t part of its Vive …

Virtual Reality

Opinion: How to invest in the Trump era: Buy shares of private companies

An idea for investors: The next four years seem likely to favor Main Street over Wall Street.<p>Even as President Donald Trump’s economic policies are …

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion

Conservatives are more likely to support issues like immigration and Obamacare if the message is “morally reframed” to suit their values.<p>Ever since Donald Trump handed down his executive order temporarily halting all immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations for three months and barring …

The Expanse is the most politically relevant sci-fi show on TV

Divided we fall<p>Tonight, <i>The Expanse</i> returns to the Syfy channel for its second season. Adapted from the novels by James S.A. Corey, it’s about our Solar System on the brink of a future war. This year, <i>The Expanse</i> not only kicks off with a bang, it’s quickly cemented itself as the most important …

AI that knows you're sick before you do: IBM's five-year plan to remake healthcare

A mix of artificial intelligence and custom silicon could help people diagnose themselves with a range of conditions before they show symptoms.<p>A chip …

This $90 wristband zapped away our VR nausea

Before we'd tried much virtual reality, we imagined most VR experiences would involve physically sitting while virtually moving. Unfortunately, …

Why It Matters That Artificial Intelligence Is About to Beat the World's Best Poker Players

Libratus, a smart new computing system, is pushing into new territory for artificial intelligence.<p>If you've ever left a poker table penniless, you definitely don't want to go up against Libratus.<p>Built by a computer science professor and a graduate student, the artificial intelligence system is …

Virtual Reality Has Arrived, With Japanese Robots and Space Painting

Two films at Sundance show off VR's promise. Finally.<p>Last year, I spent a lot of time wandering the New Frontiers exhibition at the Sundance Film …

IBM Just Posted 5 Predictions About What Life Will Be Like in 2022

Bring on the superhero vision.<p>Technology giant IBM is known for of making bold predictions about the future, and it's just announced its latest "5 in …

'How we built India's biggest robot company'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1272000/1272252_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534400296_fcc523ca6a8c743eb3deffa199c667ed<p><b>In 2008, engineering student Samay Kohli wanted to build a humanoid robot, but his professor told him it would not be possible.</b><p>Along with his …

Asteroid Mining Sounds Hard, Right? You Don’t Know the Half of It

The commercial space industry pushes a particular brand of optimism. Its urge to inspire manifests as soaring soundtracks to three-minute …

Dear Angelica might be the most beautiful virtual reality I’ve ever seen

Oculus Story Studio was assembled to be at the vanguard of virtual reality entertainment, experimenting with a form that’s still in its infancy. But it hadn’t really earned that title until now, with the Sundance premiere of <i>Dear Angelica</i><i>.</i> Despite a running time under 15 minutes, <i>Dear Angelica</i> is a …

Save The Alien, Save Your Soul: This VR Film Turns Empathy Into Action

Will you rescue Cheez? Baobab Studio’s interactive short Asteroids! encourages viewers’ participation by tapping into their emotions.<p>When Eric Darnell talks about what makes for good storytelling, he knows of what he speaks. The screenwriter and director of all four <i>Madagascar</i> films and the director …

The 7-Minute Workout That Science Says Actually Works

By now you've probably heard about the Scientific 7-Minute Workout that blew up a few years ago. If not, allow us to fill you in.<p>A recent study laid …

Workouts

This Blockchain Thing Is Really Happening, Time To Learn What It Is: 2016 In Review

In case you’re still scratching your head, don’t worry, many parts of our current internet technology also seemed totally alien before we fully …

'Westworld' Poses Big Questions for Interactive Fiction

HBO's new drama-as-game design meets several definitions of "interactive fiction."<p><i>Westworld</i> is, in many ways, a giant game. The Man in Black plays it …

This epic slide deck lays out the future of tech and media in 2017

He predicted that subscription revenue will drive internet and media, accounting for over half of growth. "Pay to download" models, on the other hand, are disappearing.<p>Wolf also crowned eSports, or competitive video gaming, as the next tech phenomenon. By 2020, he said eSports will be a $1.5 …

MIT makes breakthrough in morality-proofing artificial intelligence

By on November 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm<p>If the Halloween month has you feeling a bit puzzled and uncertain, maybe it’s because of the unsettling …

These $15,000 Sex Robots Are The Weirdest Things You'll See All Day

Do you like having sex with real live human women? No? Great! Then you’ve come to the right place.<p>Since the world is already rapidly approaching the …

Everyone Is Talented In Their Own Way: The 9 Types Of Intelligence You Should Know

How is your memory? Is it as strong as you’d like it to be?<p>If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll …

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often, innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here’s why.<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as <i>the</i> dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

In a historic moment for AI, computers gain ability to generalize learning between activities

By on October 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm<p>With the many meteoric victories artificial intelligence has scored in the recent past, it’s easy to forget the …

What You Really Need to Know Before Joining a Startup

It’s the corporate equivalent of a midlife crisis, and here’s how it happens. You’re in your forties, a senior vice president at a big company, where …

The High-end VR Room of the Future Looks Like This

Today’s VR systems are both fantastic and restrictive: they blow you away, but it’s clear how far they have to go. The HTC Vive is arguably the best …

Watch all six episodes of the series Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain

Our latest video series explores the world of bitcoin and the blockchain, and you can now watch all six episodes on YouTube and TechCrunch.com.<p>The series features Nathaniel Popper, a <i>New York Times</i> reporter and the author of the book on which the series is based, along with several bitcoin …

How to Write a Short Story with Clarity and Economy

One of the cold, hard truths of short story writing is that you only get one read. Whether your story is part of a collection, or in a magazine someone’s holding, or in the hands of someone who’s considering publishing it, you usually only get one shot per story with any one person. (Right? When …

Creative Writing

Tech Meets Storytelling: How Two Hollywood Players Are Marrying Movies, Theater, & VR

By Nicole LaPorte7 minute Read<p>A few years ago, movie producer Gigi Pritzker was at the Sundance Film Festival when she stumbled upon the New Frontier …