Welcome Correspondents Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson

Chris Robinson and Amanda Knox

Last spring I started writing about Seattle’s VR/AR industry on this little blog with a self-deprecating name. I often feel like a small town reporter, following the goings-on of a passionate and growing community of VR pioneers. I’m having a blast doing this, and it’s time for this little operation to grow.

So I’m thrilled to announce that this blog just got a little more professional with the addition of correspondents Amanda Knox and Chris Robinson. Amanda will serve as our Chief Empath and Chris will serve as Philosopher-at-Large.

Chris and Amanda recently co-wrote an inventive and insightful essay for this blog about Machine to Be Another. In coming weeks and months they’ll both be submitting regular reports, reviews, and critical essays on the Seattle immersive media industry and VR in general. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have these accomplished authors on board, and I know I’m going to learn a lot from their reporting and thought leadership.

A little more about Amanda and Chris…

Chief Empath – Amanda Knox
51yq3fyelAmanda Knox is an exoneree, criminal justice advocate, and writer. After spending nearly four years in prison and eight years on trial for a murder she didn’t commit, she wrote a memoir, Waiting to Be Heard (HarperCollins, April 2013). Her journalism has been published in USA Today, the Seattle Times, and Seattle Magazine. Amanda is currently working to spread awareness of wrongful conviction issues through VR, TV, and print media. She also writes a weekly column for the West Seattle Herald. She lives in Seattle with her partner, Chris Robinson.

Philosopher-at-Large – Chris Robinson

51VCAj3d3YL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgChris Robinson is a novelist and poet. He is the co-author, with Gavin Kovite, of War of the Encyclopaedists  (Scribner, 2015) which received glowing reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Esquire. His work has appeared in such publications as Salon.comNew England Review, the Kenyon Review, and McSweeney’s online. He has written about virtual reality and artificial intelligence for Bright Ideas Magazine. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf. Chris has an MA in poetry from Boston University and an MFA from Hunter College. He lives in Seattle with his partner, Amanda Knox.

Welcome, Chris and Amanda, to Ryanboudinotisahack.com!