Here are the five books Bill Gates loved reading in 2021

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has had a turbulent year. His divorce was from his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates It was completed in August. In May, when news of the divorce first broke, stories from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal allege suspicious behavior by Gates when he was still married. In happier personal news, Gates’ eldest daughter, Jennifer, got married in october. But through it all, Gates still finds time to read, and on Monday posted a video and blog post recommending five books he’d enjoy in 2021.

Gates, like most of us, explored Andy Weir’s writing with his 2011 bestselling book, The Mars. This new novel involves a high school science teacher who wakes up in a different star system without remembering how he got there. “It’s an enjoyable read, and I finished the whole thing in one weekend,” Gates wrote.

HamnetBy Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet Maggie O’Farrell uses facts from the life of William Shakespeare to create a fictional story. Shakespeare’s son Hamnet died at the age of 11, and later the playwright wrote The Tragedy of Hamlet. Gates calls the novel “touching,” and says, “I particularly enjoyed reading about[Shakespeare’s]wife, Anne, who is portrayed here as an almost supernatural character.”

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, among other novels, has a new story about a world with super-intelligent robots. “I love a good robot story,” Gates wrote, “and Ishiguro’s novel about a sick girl’s ‘artificial friend’ is no exception.” “This book got me thinking about what life might look like with super-intelligent robots – and whether we’re going to treat these kinds of machines as pieces of technology or something else.”

It wouldn’t be Gates’ book list without a factual book or two on topics that people rarely think about. Walter Isaacson’s The Code Breaker delves into the discovery of the CRISPR gene-editing system. Of course, Gates is already in the loop. He wrote: “I am aware of this because of my work at (the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) – we fund a number of projects that use technology.” “But I still learned a lot from this comprehensive, accessible book about its discovery by Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues.”

This is another non-fiction book for science lovers. Jeff Hawkins, creator of Palm Pilot, has written A Thousand Minds about the links between neuroscience and machine learning. “Few topics have captured the imagination of science fiction writers as much as artificial intelligence,” Gates wrote. “If you’re interested in learning more about what it would take to create true artificial intelligence, this book offers a great theory.”

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