Behind the scenes at Web Summit 2015 – Tech Weekly podcast

We talk to some of the biggest movers and shakers at the annual web summit in Dublin

This week Tech Weekly packs up its bag of cables and microphones and hits the road for the annual Web Summit in Dublin. We move through the throngs of braying startups and roving investors to cut straight to some of the most interesting speakers at the event.

This year it seems four initials are gaining traction: AI and VR. We talked to VR pioneer Jackie Ford Morie about her work to make astronauts less lonely; futurist Nell Watson about virtual consciousness for AI; cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken on how online life is affecting children; and to Silicon Valley roboticist Andra Keay and the Guardian’s Julia Powles on the tech monopolies taking over our lives.

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Square share prices drop as a third of $6bn valuation is shaved off

The conservative price of $11 and $13 per share for Square, which deals in mobile debit and credit payment, raised eyebrows across Silicon Valley

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, has seen at least a third shaved off its 2014 valuation at $6bn, resulting in an IPO share price of between $11 and $13 a share. To make up the shortfall, the company may have to issue extra stock to preferred shareholders.

As more and more “unicorn” companies come under scrutiny for current financial practices rather than the hope of future returns, the conservative share price for Square, which deals in mobile debit and credit payment, raised eyebrows across Silicon Valley. Part of the reason for the drop may be Square’s partnership with Starbucks, a deal that has been leaking cash and is due to end next year.

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Duncan Jones: ‘Warcraft will right the wrongs of game movies’

Like every parent, David Bowie told his son to put down the console and play outside. But that young gamer has grown into the director of the first World of Warcraft movie. Duncan Jones on tackling a $100m fantasy epic

When he was a child growing up in the 1980s, Duncan Jones would often stay up through the night, drawing maps on graph paper of places he’d only ever visited inside a computer screen. His father, David Bowie viewed his son’s arcane video game obsession with suspicion. “Like any parent he would say, ‘Why won’t you just get out of the house and play outside?’” Jones recalls.

Zowie, as he was known at the time, spent much of his early life on tour with his father. A peripatetic child, even one cushioned by the comforts of a rock star lifestyle, has to find home somewhere. For Jones, it was the video game worlds into which he disappeared each day. “Games have always presented an opportunity to escape,” he says. “But they are also an opportunity to go somewhere that you come to know well.”

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