Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Model Metropolis

Behind one of the most iconic computer games of all time is a theory of how cities die—one that has proven dangerously influential.

Model Metropolis

This Is What Peak Car Looks Like

For many people, new forms of mobility are making privately owned vehicles obsolete.

Car Logos

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

When Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, wrote his book The Human Use of Human Beings in 1950, vacuum tubes were still the primary electronic building blocks, and there were only a few actual computers in operation.

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

The Brain That Remade Itself

Doctors removed one-sixth of this child’s brain — and what was left did something incredible.


The Newfound Power of Tech Workers

Employees of tech companies, like Google and Microsoft, have an extraordinary amount of power, which is much different than it was 50 years ago.

Tech Workers

Seeking Ground Rules for A.I.

Some academics and technology leaders are worried these systems will eventually lead to mass surveillance or autonomous weapons.

Seeking Ground Rules for A.I.