Link List #124: Environmentally friendly Mexican murals, digital sign language interpreters, and the Hawaiian telescope that could help detect alien life

This week we’ve been reading about the public artworks aiming to increase Mexico City’s oxygen levels, the New Zealand based company who use AI to create digital sign language interpreters, and the planned volcano-top telescope being protested by native Hawaiians.

Scene from TV show Chernobyl, Courtesy of Sky UK Ltd © / HBO
  • The Spinoff talks to Kara Technologies co-founder Arash Tayebi, whose New-Zealand based company has developed AI and “digital humans” to translate audio content into sign language for the Deaf community.
  • From eerie industrial ruins to Cold War interiors, The Spaces takes a look at how the atmospheric sets of HBO and Sky UK’s Chernobyl were created.
  • Native Hawaiians are protesting plans for a powerful new telescope near the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano, stating that the site is sacred. In this article, BBC News presents the cases for and against the erection of the telescope, with arguments ranging from the fact it may help us to detect alien life, to the desire to protect Hawaiin history and culture.
  • It’s Nice That talks to designer and former MTV head of storytelling Richard Turley, about Trumpian bragging in the creative industry, and how Instagram has “weaponized” our need to be liked.
  • Three environmentally friendly public artworks have been erected in Mexico City. Made using Airlite paint—which purifies the air in a similar process to photosynthesis—the murals aim to increase oxygen levels in one of the Western Hemisphere’s most polluted cities. Find out more on The Art Newspaper.

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Text: Emily May