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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Bittersweet Taste of the Uncanny Valley

This is a photograph of Repliee, a Japanese android.  She's very beautiful and quite amazing, if you Google or YouTube footage of her moving and speaking.  This is the sweet part.  The bitter part is the uncanny valley.  Look at her eyes and her mouth.  Something is just... off.  She's a little scary, though she's not meant to be scary at all.  She looks so close to being an actual human being, and yet she's not.  She's a bit, well, disturbing.  Androids have been compared to reanimated corpses.  Imagine the look of an embalmed corpse, and then look at Repliee.  The skin, the overall "look", the something that's ineffable but key to being an actual living, healthy human... the spark of life, perhaps, whatever it is.  It isn't there in an embalmed corpse, nor is it there in Repliee.  And yet she's extraordinary.

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