Microsoft co-founder Bills almost every year gates Lists the books he has read and recommends them on his blog. This year Gates has listed what he calls “Holiday Reads” on his blog. Gates said that he has read a lot of books this year but the five that stood out were the following:
The first book suggested by Gates is A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins. “Few topics have captured the imaginations of science fiction writers like artificial intelligence. If you’re interested in learning more about what it might take to build a true AI, this book offers a fascinating theory. Interestingly, Hawkins was the co-inventor of the PalmPilot device in the 90s.
The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson The second book that Gates recommended. “The CRISPR gene editing system is one of the best and probably the most consequential scientific breakthroughs of the last decade,” says Gates. He said that the author Isaacson – who wrote Steve Jobs‘ Definitive Biography – does a great job uncovering “the most important ethical questions around gene editing.”
The Microsoft co-founder mentioned on his blog that he loved a good robot story and that Clara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro made the cut. “This book got me thinking about what life might look like with super intelligent robots – and whether we would consider these types of machines as pieces of technology or something.”
Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet is another book that Gates recommends. “If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you’ll love this moving novel about how his personal life may have influenced the writing of one of his most famous plays,” he noted on his blog.
The fifth book that Gates recommends is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, which is “a wild story about a high school science teacher who wakes up in an isolated star system with no memory of how he got there.” ” Gates said he enjoyed reading it and finished it in one weekend.