Best non-fiction 2023: The best science books this year featuring AI, white holes and life on Mars

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THIS year’s best science books are marked by striking new perspectives on the world and on ourselves. From artificial intelligence and space exploration to our relationships with non-humans, there’s plenty to think about this holiday.

Starting with the game-changer, AI, three very different books give the technology a human face. In Unmasking AI (Random House), Joy Buolamwini describes research on racial and gender bias in the algorithms underlying machine intelligence. Her expertise now has her advising world leaders on how to prevent AI’s harms.

Then there is Fei-Fei Li, who is at the forefront of US efforts to teach AI…