Bill Gates recommends his 5 favorite books of 2021, Shakespeare also finds a mention

The billionaire businessman on Monday revealed the book’s titles and explained why they are some of his favorite books of 2021, in a blog post titled “5 Books I Loved Reading This Year.”

In the banned blog post, Gates, who chews about 50 books through each year, wrote that he has leaned toward non-fiction over time, but that has changed. “Lately, though, I’ve found myself drawn back to the kind of books I would have loved as a kid,” he said.

As a result, Gates’ recommendation includes a wide range of science fiction books, something he enjoyed with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. “When I was a kid, I was obsessed with science fiction. Paul Allen and I spent countless hours discussing Isaac Asimov’s original ‘Foundation’ trilogy,” he said. “There was something so exciting about these stories that pushed the boundaries of what was possible.”

“Here are five books that I would recommend when we end 2021,” the technology mogul wrote as he shared his coveted reading list. This winter’s reading list includes two sci-fi novels that “made me think about how people can use technology to respond to challenges,” Gates said. One is Andy Weirs “Hi Mary Project,” and the other sci-fi book is Kazuo Ishiguros “Clear and the sun.” Gates also recommends two non-fiction books on cutting-edge science. One is Walter Isaacsons “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” which focuses on the discovery of CRISPR gene editing. The other is “A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence,” by Jeff Hawkins.

“Project Hail Mary,” by Andy Weir

The plot follows the story of a high school teacher of science who wakes up on a spaceship in another solar system without remembering how he got there.

“Like most people, I was first introduced to Weir’s writing through The Martian. His latest novel is a wild tale about a high school science teacher who wakes up in a different star system without remembering how he got there. The rest of the story is about “how he uses science and technology to save the day. It’s fun to read and I finished it all in one weekend.” Gates said about the book.

“Clear and the Sun,” by Kazuo Ishiguro

“I love a good robot story, and Ishiguro’s novel about an ‘artificial friend’ of a sick young girl is no exception. Although it takes place in a dystopian future, the robots are not a force for evil. Instead, they serve as comrades to “Keeping people company. This book made me think about what life with super-intelligent robots could look like – and whether we would treat that kind of machine as pieces of technology or as something more,” Gates said of the book.

“The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” by Walter Isaacson

According to Gates’ review of the book, “The CRISPR gene editing system is one of the coolest and perhaps most consequential scientific breakthroughs of the last decade. I’m familiar with it because of my work in the foundation – we fund a number of projects using the technology – but I still learned a lot from this comprehensive and accessible book about its discovery by Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues. Isaacson does a good job of highlighting the most important ethical issues surrounding genre editing. “

“A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence,” by Jeff Hawkins

In “A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence,” Jeff Hawkins, who co-invented the PalmPilot, explores artificial intelligence. According to Gates’ review of the book, Few topics have captured the imagination of science fiction writers as artificial intelligence. If you are interested in learning more about what it can take to create a true AI, this book offers a fascinating theory. Hawkins is perhaps best known as a co-inventor. by PalmPilot, but he has spent decades thinking about the links between neuroscience and machine learning, and there is no better introduction to his thinking than this book. “

“The Harbor,” by Maggie O’Farrell

The last book on the list is a fictional reimagination of William Shakespeare’s life. “If you’re a Shakespeare fan, you’ll love this moving novel about how his personal life may have influenced the writing of one of his most famous plays. O’Farrell has built his story on two facts that we know are true. “The Bard”: his son Hamnet died at the age of 11, and a few years later Shakespeare wrote a tragedy called Hamlet. I especially enjoyed reading about his wife, Anne, who is portrayed here as an almost supernatural figure. ” Gates said about the book.

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