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In the 70s, Japanese roboticist, Dr. Mori, made the observation that the affinity people feel toward humanoid robots disappears when the simulation too closely resembles human beings.
In Spectrum Confessions, Uncanny Valley Girl presents a new narrative about artificial intelligence, neurovariance, autism, and human consciousness with humor and a natural curiosity about the human mind. The purpose is to entertain and not to make scientific claims, but to shed light on the treatment and marginalization of a large segment of the population.
With New York Times bestselling author of Neurotribes, Steve Silberman, who reveals the fraudulence behind the false claim that there is any connection between autism and vaccines.
Reviewed in New York Times, Seattle Times, and The Stranger
"I was tricked by memory into believing that life is a river of sorrows. Now I know, after committing memory to page, that it doesn't occupy our minds so much as our hearts. It’s less about what happened, or if it happened at all, than it is about what our hearts can endure. Putting memory to paper unburdened my heart and delivered me to my own true life. I am now free. I offer you this faulty account of my family: My mother who left me when I was five years-old; my abuela (grandmother) and spirit guardian; and my grandfather, Pops, who raised me until I shot him and he stopped speaking to me. Here’s what I know now--sometimes what you’re left with is all you ever needed.”
Literary fiction novel, All the Leaving: Sometimes what you're left with is all you ever needed is available in paperback (on Amazon, Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, and Homeboy Industries, in Los Angeles) and in a Kindle ebook edition. A Spanish-language translation was also sold in bookstores throughout Mexico City and at the Mexico City International Airport.
My Unknown Avenger
In Seattle, right before a globalized digital economy devoured the old world and grunge took its last gasps before falling off with the rest of the 20th century, Mona is raped and urinated on by a man she knows.
Her friends take vengeance by violating and humiliating Mona's rapist then blowing up a photo of his humiliation on a poster reading - Exoriare aliquis nostris ex ossibus ultor (May you arise from my bones, my unknown avenger. ––Virgil) that they put up around town. When a rash of copycat posters all over Seattle follows, it gets the attention of national news and the FBI.
Music by Sharifu Washington
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