"'Bad Blood' tackles some serious ethical questions, but it is ultimately a thriller with a tragic ending," Gates said. "The story feels almost too ridiculous to be real at points."
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2. "Army of None" by Paul Scharre
Paul Scharre is a former Amy Ranger and a policy expert for a think tank. His book tackles autonomous weapons in combat, and the consequences of their use.
"Scharre writes clearly about a huge range of topics: computer science, military strategy, history, philosophy, psychology, and ethics," Gates said. "He gives you the right grounding to start participating in the debate over where our country should draw the line on these powerful technologies."
3. "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Noah Harari
In his review of Yuval Noah Harari's new book for the New York Times, Bill Gates called it "fascinating." Harari tackles many of the present day's challenges and how we can think about them without worrying so much.
4. "Educated" by Tara Westover
"I thought I was pretty good at teaching myself — until I read Tara Westover's memoir 'Educated,'" Gates said.
Westover grew up in a Mormon home in rural Idaho with a father who believed the apocalypse was coming, so the family should rely on themselves as much as possible.
Despite none of the seven Westover kids receiving proper homeschooling, three of them, including Tara, have earned a Ph.D.
Gates called it "the kind of book that I think everyone will enjoy, no matter what genre you usually pick up."
5. "The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness" by Andy Puddicombe
Gates said he was skeptical of meditation until being convinced by Andy Puddicombe, the founder of the app Headspace and an ordained Buddhist monk.
"If you want to try meditation for yourself, one good way to ease into it—especially if you're as skeptical as I was—is to pick up a copy of Andy's book," Gates said.
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