TED.com contains some of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining videos on the Internet. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The site shares video-recorded talks given by some of the most intelligent and interesting people in the world. There are plenty of top TED presentation lists on the Internet, that are created based on people’s interests. One of the most recent subject-specific lists I’ve seen is 20 Essential Ted Talks for Entrepreneurial Students. This is an excellent list for potential entrepreneurs.
However, TED has far more than just entrepreneur-related topics to offer. If you plan on getting lost on any site on the Internet, do it on TED. I try to view to as many TED talks as I can possibly fit into my schedule. Of the ones I have watched recently, I have created my own top 20 list of TED talks that I feel should not be missed:
According to Wired.com, “There are no reliable figures on how many people have Asperger’s, but anecdotally a lot of them are drawn into the computer field, particularly the logic-heavy world of coding. BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has diagnosed himself with the disorder, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is frequently speculated to have it.” According to Businessweek, Bram Cohen’s disorder is, “a condition that keeps him rooted in the world of objects and patterns, puzzles and computers, but leaves him floating, disoriented, in the everyday swirl of human interactions.” In the movie The Social Network, some of the mannerisms that the Mark Zuckerberg character displayed may have implied he had Asperger’s as well.
Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen developed an AQ test that measures the Autism Spectrum Quotient. “In the first major trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 16.4. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. The test is not a means for making a diagnosis, however, and many who score above 32 and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives.” To take the Asperger’s test, click here.