Bill Gates is preparing for summer, like many millions of people. And with the arrival of summer, the co-founder of Microsoft gives valuable advice, such as recommended books and TV series. Concerning the books, Gates suggests two works.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin. It is a novel that tells the story of two friends who grow up linked by a passion for Super Mario Bros. and who later, at university, start creating their own games. Gates identified strongly with this story, which reminded him of his relationship with Paul Allen and their work together at Microsoft.
It was one of last year's most popular books. The second book Gates recommends is Born in Blackness by Howard French. French, a journalist of African descent, questions the standard Western narrative about the continent's history.
When Europeans arrived in Africa, it was anything but a lawless and primitive state. In reality, the author explains, various African kingdoms had created city-states that could compete with European ones in terms of political organization, military power, trade, art and exploration.
Regarding TV series, Gates recommends Borgen and Borgen: Power & Glory for the summer. This Danish political drama, available on Netflix in the US, follows the country's fictional female prime minister, Birgitte Nyborg, as she navigates a complex political landscape.
Gates, passionate about political coalitions and the mechanisms that support them, was passionate about Birgitte's story and the way she manages to navigate this tangled reality. The prime minister is a principled and talented leader, but also fallible and sometimes misguided.
Gates also revealed also his summer playlist. In the playlist you will find artists like Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, the Beatles, Vampire Weekend, Adele and U2.
Gates was Microsoft's largest shareholder for decades, acquiring personal wealth estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.
He has also given generously through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pledging to improve global health, education and other social issues. Gates has championed the spread of computers and information technology in society, promoting the creation of educational programs, digital libraries, and other efforts to make technology accessible to underprivileged people.
Gates is confident that AI technology will improve very soon. Most likely, according to the billionaire, within the next two years. When this happens, neural networks can even be used for tutoring with schoolchildren and students who previously could not afford such services.
He also pointed out that chatbots are unlikely to always be free. Most likely, over time, most of them will switch to a subscription model.
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