Downloading Hollywood

He's just a really smart computer geek. Why does this man have the movie industry running scared?

Bram Cohen was an unusual kid. While other first-graders were outside playing, he was writing computer code. By junior high, he could solve Rubik's Cube in a few minutes. A college dropout, he went on to co-found a hacker's convention in San Francisco. "I was always really weird," he says. Yet it was only two years ago, at age 27, that he learned why. Studying psychological conditions, he determined that he had Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism, which explained his social difficulties and seemed tied to his obsession with puzzles. Cohen says he has trouble censoring his thoughts and making eye contact but has...

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