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5 Books Bill Gates recommends this holiday season 2021

 

Bill Gates wants you to read more.

On Monday, Gates posted a blog post explaining why two of his five picks are research history books, along with an annual list of recommended book reviews. He wrote that as a child he was "obsessed" with science fiction. And the famous reader has focused on fiction as he got older, but recently found himself "more satisfied with the kind of books I would have loved as a child."

Teenager, the billionaire devoured the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert Heinlein, and wrote to have spent "many hours" in the trilogy "Foundation" of Isaac Asimov with his childhood friends and finally the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen.

Here are five books he recommends:

Klara and the Sun

"I love good robot stories," Gates wrote of British author Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, Nobel Prize winner.
'Klara and the Sun' tells the story from the perspective of Klara, a solar-powered robot who is the companion of a critically ill child in America's future. Despite the dystopian setting of the story, Gates insisted that intelligence-creating robots were "not the forces of evil." Instead, this book is about Clara and similar robots as “artificial friends”.

Artificial intelligence has long been a source of interest and capital for Gates. In the 2015 Reddit "Ask Everything", he said that machines with "super intelligence" could pose a threat to humans.

Ishiguro's book may represent the other side of the argument. "These books make me think of what life would be like with intellectuals," Gates wrote. "What if we're going to upgrade these systems to or more systems."

Project Hail Mary

Like Andy Weir's 2011 novel "The Martian," which made Gates a summer 2020 reader, "Project Hail Mary" refers to people in dire straits on the outside. The protagonist is a high school student who stands in an unknown place without knowing where he is going.

According to Gates, this book is difficult to explain without paying too much attention to it. But educators "are using science and engineering to save the day," Gates wrote. "I love reading it and doing it all weekend."

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

In 1996, Jeff Hawkins created the PalmPilot digital assistant. Since then, Gates has written that Hawkins "needed many years to make the connection between neuroscience and machine learning," completing the non-fiction book "A Thousand Brains," published in March.

Hawkins, who founded technology education company Numenta in 2005, examines in his book what people think of intelligence, how the human brain works, and how it can be used to create real knowledge.

“'A Thousand Brains' is a must for non-professionals with little to no brain science or computer background,” writes Gates. "It's full of information about the structure of the brain and tantalizing information about the future of smart technology.

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Gates also recommended the biography of biochemist Jennifer Doudna, winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on CRISPR gene therapy, a system that cuts DNA and changes genes to treat disease. The book was written by Isaacson, who also wrote the story of Gates' old friend and rival Steve Jobs.

"Code Breakers" is more than just a history book of the research and discovery of Doudna. Gates Deepens the Use of CRISPR Gene Therapy, Including Treatment of Blood Diseases such as Cellular Anemia, Adding that CRISPR is "One of the Most Interesting and Possibly the Most Important New Research Methods of the Last Ten years ".

CRISPR has led to deep divisions in many areas of the research community over the years, in large part due to ethical issues. Gates wrote: “Isaacson answers some of the most important questions about gene therapy well. This includes whether any procedures are to be used to mutate human genetics for future generations.

Hamnet

Here, Gates' name has gone from science and technology to myth. William Shakespeare named his only son Hamnet, and Maggie O'Farrell's new book of the same name is the true life story of a bard's child.
Hamnet died of an unknown death in 1596 at the age of 11. Three years later, Shakespeare began to write "Hamlet" and O'Farrell explored the ways in which his fallen son could become the most beautiful actor.

“If you're a Shakespeare fan, you're going to love how this change in his personal life affects the writing of one of his most famous films,” Gates wrote. "I think it's a beautiful, well-written story of mourning separating families."