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Hi, I'm Robert Malka.

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About Me

I'm obsessed with distilling my life into lessons and moments worth sharing.

My life goal has taken me everywhere. I currently am building a magnificent, radical alternative to middle school in Expanse, 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.

A New Way to Learn.

I'm COO of Expanse, an incredible alternative to conventional schooling. Rather than lectures, we have conversations. Rather than try to standardize students, we encourage autonomy and independence. Rather than saddle students with facts they'll never use, we bring to life knowledge that matters to them.

Our offerings are constantly changing, so check out the site for more! We could not be prouder of the magnificent feedback we've gotten from parents and students so far.

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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.

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