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"Laurence Kim Peek" (November 11, 1951 –
December 19, 2009) was an American savant.
Known as a"megasavant", he was confounding
mixture of disability and brilliance. Gifted with
the worlds best memory, he was also burdened
with social awkwardness and the inability to perform
even simple activities of daily living, such as combing
his hair or brushing his teeth, without assistance.
He was the inspiration for the character of
Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman in
the movie Rain Man. Unlike Babbitt,
Peek had FG syndrome.
MRI Of Kim Peek's Brain
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Peek was born in Salt Lake City, Utah with acrocephaly
damage to the cerebellum, and agenesis of the corpus callosum, a condition in which the bundle of nerves that connects the two hemispheres of the brain is missing;
in Peek's case, secondary connectors such as the
anterior commissure were also missing. There is
speculation that his neurons made unusual connections
due to the absence of a corpus callosum, which
resulted in an increased memory capacity. Peek
did not walk until the age of four and then in a
sidelong manner. He could not button up his shirt
and had difficulty with other ordinary motor skills,
presumably due to his damaged cerebellum,
which normally coordinates motor activities.
In psychological testing, Peek scored below
average (87) on general IQ tests. But, according
to Peek's father, Fran Peek, Kim was able to
memorize things from the age of 16–20 months.
He read books, memorized them, and then placed
them upside down on the shelf to show that he had
finished reading them, a practice he maintained
throughout life.. He could speed through a book in
about an hour and remember almost everything he
had read, memorizing vast amounts of information in
subjects ranging from history and literature, geography
and numbers to sports, music and dates. According to an
article in the Times newspaper, he could accurately
recall the contents of at least 12,000 books.
But perhaps the most stunning feature
of Kim's reading abilities was the fact that,
because his two hemispheres functioned
independently, Kim would read two pages
simultaneously - reading the left page
with his left eye and the right page
with his right eye, remembering nearly
everything he read - all 12,000 volumes!
And that my friends is truly crazy!
Mr. Peek had memorized so many Shakespearean
plays and musical compositions and was such a stickler
for accuracy, his father said, that they had to stop
attending performances because he would stand
up and correct the actors or the musicians.
“He’d stand up and say: ‘Wait a minute!
The trombone is two notes off,’ ”
Dorsey grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and by age 13,
he had become interested in dispatch routing.
Some of the open source software he created in
the area of dispatch logistics is still used by many
taxi cab companies. He was raised Catholic, and his
uncle is a Catholic priest in Cincinnati. He went to
Catholic high school at Bishop DuBourg High
School and attended the Missouri University of
Science and Technology before subsequently
transferring to New York University, where he first
came up with the idea for Twitter. While working
on dispatching as a programmer,
he would move to California.
In Oakland in 2000, Dorsey started his company to
dispatch couriers, taxis, and emergency services
from the Web. His other projects and ideas at this time
included networks of medical devices and a "frictionless
service market". In July 2000, building on dispatching
and inspired in part by LiveJournal and possibly
by AOL Instant Messenger, he had the idea for a
Web-based realtime status/short
message communication service.
When he first saw implementations of instant messaging, Dorsey wondered whether the software's user status output could be shared among friends easily. He approached Odeo, who at the time happened to be interested in text messaging. Dorsey and Biz Stone decided that SMS
text suited the status message idea, and built a
prototype of Twitter in about two weeks. The idea
attracted many users at Odeo and investment from
Evan Williams who had left Google after
selling it Pyra Labs and Blogger.
Dorsey, Stone and Noah Glass co-founded Obvious,
which then spun off Twitter, Inc. In his role during the
pivotal days of the company's founding, a compilation chronicling the originally named "twttr" and the time
leading up to the official launch, is shown in a timeline
of tweets revealing Twitter's beginnings. As chief
executive officer, Dorsey saw the startup through two
rounds of funding by the venture capitalists who
backed the company.] On October 16, 2008, Williams
took over the role of CEO, and Dorsey became
chairman of the board. On March 28, 2011, Dorsey
returned to Twitter as Executive Chairman.
As the service began to grow in popularity, Dorsey
chose the improvement of uptime as top priority,
even over creating revenue – which, as of 2008, Twitter
was not designed to earn. Dorsey described the
commercial use of Twitter and its API as two things
that could lead to paid features. His three guiding
principles, which are shared by the whole
company and through its culture, are simplicity,
constraint, and craftsmanship.
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John Forbes Nash
"John Forbes Nash, Jr." (born June 13, 1928)
is an American mathematician whose works in
game theory, differential geometry, and partial
differential equations have provided insight into the
forces that govern chance and events inside complex
systems in daily life. His theories are used in market
economics, computing, evolutionary biology, artificial
intelligence, accounting, politics and military theory.
Serving as a Senior Research Mathematician at
Princeton University during the latter part of his life,
he shared the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic
Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten
and John Harsanyi.
Nash is the subject of the Hollywood movie
A Beautiful Mind. The film, loosely based on the
biography of the same name, focuses on Nash's
mathematical genius and struggle with
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