Intel Nirvana AI Academy

Intel Nirvana AI Academy


Stone Mattress. Nine Tales

In Margaret Atwood’s Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present
September 13, 2014

Many characters find that they’re powerfully affected by things that happened years ago, in their youth.

“It does seem to be a human characteristic, that in fact those things, although you may forget about them in your 20s, they are the sub-layer upon which your life is based. And they come back,”

the Future Library project

The Heart Goes Last

Now Is Not The Time For Realistic Fiction, Says Margaret Atwood
September 30, 2015

Writer Margaret Atwood says she’ll try anything once. That spirit of adventure — coupled with her curiosity about the intersection of storytelling and new technology — led her to write a serialized book for the digital publisher Byliner. That book, The Heart Goes Last …

How steep is that hill (0 – 90 degrees)?

How your bodily state affects your perception: Simone Schnall at TEDxOxbridge

Experiment 1:
How steep is that hill (0 – 90 degrees)?

Perception of the physical environment

a resource: social support (we can rely on other people and they help us)
Does social support change perception?
Experiment 2:
Yes, just bringing to mind that you have certain social resources available changes perception.

Social power: controlling resources for other people
Experiment 3:
Roughly, how heavy is this box? Tell us in lbs.
(a group previously thought of a time when they were powerful, when they were in charge of things, when other people were relying on them)


The Merchant of Just Be Happy

The Merchant of Just Be Happy
DEC. 28, 2013

International Coach Federation

“Everything I’ve ever taught in terms of self-help boils down to this — if something feels really good for you, you might want to do it. And if it feels really horrible, you might want to consider not doing it. Thank you, give me my $150.”

Coaching includes two broad categories. There are executive and leadership coaches — they train people to be better at business — and life coaches, like Ms. Beck, who talk about leadership in one’s own life, from the home to the office and everywhere in between. There is often tension between the two, with executive coaches tending to disdain the sometimes exuberant spiritual sides of life coaches.

The idea that we should be better — more effective, more efficient, happier — is a vein that runs deep in American culture, from Norman Vincent Peale to Tony Robbins

‘Hey I’m Dead!’ The Story Of The Very Lively Ant

‘Hey I’m Dead!’ The Story Of The Very Lively Ant
April 1, 2009

How do ants know when another ant is dead?

“They included skatole, a component of feces; trimethylamine, one of the essences of rotting fish; and several of the more pungent fatty acids that contribute to rancid human body odor,”

oleic acid — just a teeny drop of it — was all the ants had to sniff to think “DEAD!”

America’s 8-Step Program for Opioid Addiction

America’s 8-Step Program for Opioid Addiction
Sept. 30, 2017

Opioid addiction has developed such a powerful grip on Americans that some scientists have blamed it for lowering our life expectancy.

Drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of them from prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, killed some 64,000 Americans last year, over 20 percent more than in 2015. That is also more than double the number in 2005, and nearly quadruple the number in 2000