Gates’ reading list includes science fiction, modern science, and historical fiction.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has shared his latest holiday book list, covering topics as diverse as science fiction, technology and literature.
In his report, published by the American “CNBC” website, writer Tom Huddleston Jr. said that Bill Gates issued his annual list of books he recommends reading on the holiday, and published a blog post explaining why his list contained two science fiction books.
Bill Gates has indicated that he has been obsessed with science fiction books since his childhood, and in his youth he was fond of reading the works of writers Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert Heinlein, and he spent “countless hours” discussing the “Basic” series by American author Isaac Asimov with his childhood friend Paul Allen, co-founder of “Paul Allen”. Microsoft”.
And this year, Gates’ list of reading choices includes a pair of modern science fiction books that will get us thinking about how humanity uses technology in response to challenges. Gates’ choice of these two books comes as no surprise, given that he has spent much of the past year promoting the need for technological innovations to counteract the effects of climate change, and in February he published his own book, How to Avoid Climate Disaster.
In addition to science fiction books, Gates recommended two books on “modern science”, and another on historical fiction, which “made him look at one of the most famous figures in history from a new perspective.” Here are the five options for reading Gates’ books.
“Clara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro
The story of “Klara and the Sun” is told from the point of view of a solar-powered robot named Clara, the companion of a seriously ill child in the United States from a dystopian future. Regardless of the bleak storyline, Gates notes that the book does not refer to AI-powered robots as “serving evil purposes” but as “artificial friends”.
Ishiguro’s book may represent the other side of the argument that artificial intelligence threatens humanity. “This book got him thinking about what life might look like with super-intelligent robots, and whether we’re going to treat these kinds of machines as just a technology or something else,” Gates wrote.
The Peace Be Upon You Mary Project by Andy Weir
Similar to the 2011 novel “The Martian,” Project Hail Mary is about a high school teacher who wakes up on a mysterious spacecraft without knowing how he got there.
Gates stated that it is difficult to describe this book without addressing the vicissitudes of the plot, but suffice it to say that the protagonist “employed what he knew in science and engineering to save himself from the predicament he found himself in.” Gates wrote that “reading the story is fun,” and that he finished Read it in one weekend.
A Thousand Minds: A New Theory of Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
In 1996 Jeff Hawkins invented the Palm Pilot digital assistant. Gates has since written that Hawkins has “spent decades thinking about the links between neuroscience and machine learning”, leading to “A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence,” a non-fiction book published in March. March.
In this book, Hawkins explains how people think about the nature of intelligence, how the human brain works, and what it takes to develop true artificial intelligence. Gates wrote that “A Thousand Minds” is suitable for non-experts with little knowledge of brain science or computer science. It is filled with fascinating insights into the structure of the brain and tantalizing clues about the future of intelligent machines.
Gates recommends Walter Isaacson’s “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” this biography of award-winning biochemist Jennifer Doudna. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on gene editing using CRISPR technology, a system in which DNA is cut and genes modified to treat disease. The book is written by Isaacson, whose list of works includes the biography of Gates’ friend and rival, Steve Jobs.
The Codebreaker is more than just an account of Doudna’s scientific career and discoveries. Gates stated that the book delves into the potential applications of gene editing using CRISPR technology, such as treating blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia, adding that CRISPR technology “is one of the most amazing scientific breakthroughs and perhaps the most important of the past decade.”
CRISPR has been a divisive topic among scientists for many years, in large part because of the ethical concerns it has raised. Gates wrote that “Isaacson did a good job of highlighting the most important ethical questions about gene editing,” including whether the process should be used to change the future of the human race.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Hamnet This novel is different from the other books on Gates’ list of science, technology, and historical fiction. William Shakespeare named Hamnet after his only son, and Maggie O’Farrell’s novel bears the same name and is a fictional account of the poet’s son’s life.
Hamnet died in 1596 at the age of 11 from unknown causes, and some believe that he died of the bubonic plague. Three years later, Shakespeare set out to write Hamlet, and O’Farrell delves into the possible ways this tragic event affected the life of the most famous playwright.
“If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you’ll love this poignant account of how his personal life influenced the writing of one of his most famous plays,” Gates wrote. “I think it’s an appreciative, well-written view of how grief separates the family.”