Hi, I'm Robert Malka.
I'm obsessed with distilling my life into lessons and moments worth sharing.
My life goal has taken me everywhere. I will soon return to building a magnificent, radical alternative to K-12 starting with middle school, with the intention of rapidly scaling; I'm leading the charge on developing a Responsible AI framework on the AI Future Lab (co-founder); I'll be publishing work on AI Ethics and Nietzsche (links forthcoming!). I've co-founded a company that provides interpreting services for the Deaf in the US, Canada, and the Middle East; explored the US and Canada through 10,000 miles of train-riding to write a book on having Deaf parents (second book using my train experience forthcoming!); I've also done some fun data science projects, as a graduate of Springboard's Data Science bootcamp - check out my Github. I also (rarely these days) interpret rap songs into American Sign Language for kicks on YouTube! Check it out.
I'm a 2015 graduate of St. John's College, a liberal arts college where we read the Great Books of the western tradition. If you let me, I'll lecture about Nietzsche for hours. So don't be surprised at my free-form blog, Inorganic Thoughts, where I explore topics I find interesting.
Previously, I've been a sign language interpreter in all manner of situations -- for Elon Musk at Tesla board meetings and for Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook, among others; for graduate-level classes in computer science and literature at top universities like UC Berkeley; at startups and established Fortune 500 companies of every kind; for K-12 special education, juvenile hall, in hospitals for the recovering and dying, and of course for politicians and attorneys. One day I'll write about what it was like to be a fly on the wall in all these places. I've also tutored in ASL, taught debate as a high school teacher (while in High School), and gotten a few awards from Deaf communities in the Middle East for my work in those communities. It's been a wild ride.
Song of Myselves
Originally an essay, I describe the true story of a boy who lived between two worlds, the Deaf and the Hearing, and who stood against the marginalization of his Deaf mother by being her interpreter. But being her voice suppressed my own, and I found myself desperate to discover what I wanted and needed to say.
A vividly detailed account of being another's voice at the cost of possessing your own, Song of Myselves is a Millennial coming-of-age story that asks fundamental questions about agency, empowerment, the limits of empathy, and how to become yourself in a world that won’t hear you and never heard the ones you loved.
Follow its path to publication by subscribing below, and click here to check out the first five pages. If you're an interested agent, publisher, or just curious, reach out.