In New York City, where avoiding eye contact with strangers is a valuable survival skill, people seem to love inanimate objects that need help. The City itself could make life easier for these objects by fixing the crappy pavement, but that’s a whole ’nother issue. A tiny cardboard-encased robot, launched at one end of a public park, carries a flag asking for help to get to the other end of the park. And people help it! Go here for the three-minute, twenty-second video—well worth it. Nice, uplifting music too.