Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Architecture from Manhattan to Svalbard, protest art, artificial intelligence, cannabis laws and more from around the web

Yaara Nusboim’s “Alma” Therapy Toys Israeli designer Yaara Nusboim created these wooden therapy toys in collaboration with child psychologists for kids to work through various struggles (including trauma) during play therapy. This kind of treatment was developed by psychoanalyst Melanie Klein some 80 years ago, and encourages children to express themselves through play rather than conversation—offering a comfortable distance for them from whatever issue they …

Robots Learn Problem-Solving From IKEA Furniture-Building Simulations

In order for robots to service humans more broadly, they’re going to be required to master more complex tasks at smaller scales. Right now, many of the most effective robot assignments involve “muscle,” like moving large car parts from a conveyor belt to a model. Humans are always called in to complete the final touches, though. Researchers at University of Southern California thought of a …

Inspiration Aplenty at Gather Festival, Stockholm

Insightful talks and workshops at the intersection of tech, art, science and humanity

For two days in Stockholm, hundreds of individuals assembled for the third Gather Festival in order to listen, contribute to and be inspired by dozens of presentations, workshops and discussions across a broad range of topics. We dropped into the mix to find a refreshingly honest, realistic attitude toward matters affecting our environment, the tech landscape and the role of our workplaces and cities. Oftentimes …