Netflix Series Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates could have benefitted from more probing, but its high-level approach is still insightful.
Netflix Series Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates Season 1 is split into three chapters and will be released on the platform on September 19, 2019.
I remember growing up wondering what it would be like to be the richest man in the world. I was too young to understand the issues with monopolisation and software companies battling with Microsoft to gain legal ground in the market. I was too young to understand the impact Bill’s software was going to have today. All I wondered is — who on earth is Bill Gates, and how did he do it?
It could be argued that Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates arrived too late. Back in 2008, the billionaire slowly reduced his operational input into Microsoft and went on a new adventure with his wife Melinda to change the world — to change from software innovators to philanthropists. And that was it. Microsoft continued to grow and we never really knew who Bill Gates was.
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates is a 3-part series that looks into his present-day charitable efforts, his personal life and his past. Each episode has the habit of merging the present and the history in a non-linear fashion to demonstrate how Bill’s brain works. Ironically, Melinda laughs at the purpose of the series, knowing full well it’s impossible to figure out how his brain works.
In terms of philanthropist efforts, Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates reveals Bill and Melinda’s project to solve the sanitation problem in developing countries around the world — diarrhoea still contributes to a high death count based on a basic human need. We also learn that Bill is trying to eradicate Polio completely, using mapping software to destroy the disease in Nigeria tactically. Finally, the Netflix series presents Bill’s new energy idea that could eventually make the world utterly non-reliant on fossil fuels — TerraPower.
Merging with his projects, the series contributes screen time to snippets of an interview with Bill Gates. It’s noticeable that the interviewer’s face is never seen in the series, always the back of his head, highlighting the rules of engagement agreed. We learn about Bill’s personal life, how he grew up, his rise with Microsoft, his family and friends, and most importantly, his relationship and partnership with his wife, Melinda.
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates could have been way more impactful if the documentary dared to ask more questions and delved deeper into the complications of his life, but for a high-level pitch, the Netflix series does what it needs to do.
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