Hitting the Books: Do we really want our robots to have consciousness?

From Star Trek’s Data and 2001’s HAL to Columbus Day’s Skippy the Magnificent, pop culture is chock full of fully conscious AI who, in many cases, are more human than the humans they serve alongside. But is all that self-actualization really necessar...

Hitting the Books: How to be active on social media and still keep your job

With large swaths of the country still stifling under quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are supplementing their meager IRL social interactions with online alternatives. But but doing so can become a proverbial minefield wit...

Hitting the Books: Without glass, we’d have never discovered the electron

From the dawn on time, humans have manipulated the material world around us to suit our will. We started off banging rocks together before moving on to wielding bronze and then iron tools. We parlayed iron into steel and built an industrialized exist...

Hitting the Books: The story behind Instagram’s most famous filter

This July, Instagram will celebrate its 10 birthday! Over the past decade, IG has grown into one of the largest and most influential social media sites on the planet, boasting over a billion active users worldwide. However, the site’s road to modern...

Hitting the Books: Disney’s influence on America’s first stealth planes

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Hitting the Books: How an attempt at digital allyship fell flat

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Hitting the Books: These brain cells could hold clues to the CTBI crisis

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Hitting the Books: The Y2K bug could come back sooner than you think

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...