I recently visited @harvard to learn more about robotics research. I saw some surprising inventions that challenge what we think of as robots. I wore one robot like a glove. Another you could pull on like a pair of pants. These incredible creations are powerful examples of the exciting innovation underway in the field of robotics. You can read more about them on my blog (link in bio).
There’s no doubt that Leonardo da Vinci was a genius. But what really set him apart was his sense of wonder and curiosity. I’m excited to share a project I’ve worked on to make it easier than ever to get to know his work. It’s a one-of-a-kind device called the Codescope that lets you explore the Codex Leicester, a notebook of Leonardo’s that I bought in 1994. If you’re interested in learning more about the project, I recently wrote about it on my blog.
I thought I was pretty good at teaching myself – until I read Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated.” Her ability to learn on her own blows mine right out of the water. I was thrilled to sit down with her to talk about the book. It’s the kind of read that I think everyone will enjoy, no matter what genre you usually pick up.
I love giving—and getting!—books during the holidays. If you’re looking for ideas, here are five books I loved in 2018. #bookstagram
Nothing could prepare me for the tuberculosis ward I visited in Durban, South Africa in 2009. Every bed was filled and the waiting list for admission was more than 80 names long. Soon, however, TB hospitals in South Africa may look more like this. Recent scientific breakthroughs mean that many of the wards that used to be full of patients may one day be filled with empty beds instead. That’s a testament to the incredible efforts of people like Dr. Andreas Diacon.
My mom was one of the most generous people I’ve ever known. She used to ask me at the dinner table how much of my allowance I planned on giving to the Salvation Army at Christmas. Melinda had a similar upbringing, and even before we got married we talked about how we would give back. Tomorrow, I encourage you to join us in one of our favorite traditions #GivingTuesday.
It's easy for those of us in rich countries to take the toilet for granted. Not only does it make our life comfortable, but it’s key to human health. Diseases caused by contaminated water kill more than 500,000 people every year. That's why sanitation is one of the most important issues our foundation works on and why there are few things I love talking about more than toilets. Click the link in my bio to learn more. #WorldToiletDay
Last summer, I visited the largest fertilizer distribution center in East Africa. Just before wrapping up my tour, I paused to watch workers stack bags of fertilizer onto flatbed trucks for their long journey to farms hundreds of miles away. It was exciting to think about the farmers who would use them and the positive impact the fertilizer would have on their next harvests and their country’s future.
#TBT to the time that my dad wore a baseball hat made from hundreds of condoms to our foundation’s annual meeting. The hat was a gift from a social activist from Thailand named Méchai Viravaidya. His efforts to destigmatize contraceptives have been so successful that he is affectionately known as “Mr. Condom,” or the “Condom King,” in his home country.