Archive | April, 2014

WeRobot 2014 Conference Videos

If you missed WeRobot 2014 or want to enjoy it again, videos of all the speaker sessions are now available for viewing online. We’ve also included links to all the papers below. See the full program for complete lists of authors.

April 4th


Welcome Remarks with Thomas J. LeBlanc and A. Michael Froomkin

Regulating the Loop: Ironies of Automation Law with Meg Leta Ambrose and Elizabeth Grossman (Read the paper)

Proxy Prudence – Rethinking Models of Responsibility for Semi-autonomous Robots with Jason Millar and Peter Asaro (Read the paper)

Robots as Labor Creating Devices: Robotic Technologies and the Expansion of the Second Shift with Ann Bartow and Jodi Forlizzi (Read the paper)


Panel on Robots and Social Justice, moderated by Kate Darling

April 5th


Chief Justice John Roberts is a Robot with Ian Kerr, Carissima Mathen and Jack Balkin (Read the paper)

When Robot Eyes Are Watching You: The Law & Policy of Automated Communications Surveillance with Kevin Bankston, Amie Stepanovich and Neil Richards (Read the paper)

Robotics and the New Cyberlaw with Ryan Calo and David G. Post (Read the paper)


A Conservation Theory of Governance for Automated Law Enforcement with Woodrow Hartzog, Lisa A. Shay, and Mary Anne Franks (Read the paper)

Panel on Domestic Drones moderated by Dan Siciliano

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See You Next Year!


We Robot 2015 will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. See you there!

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Demonstration: Avi and Sara Rushinek on Automated Algorithmic Software Trading Robots: Sousveillance, and Continuous Cloud Sync Video SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Audit Trails

Automated Algorithmic Software Trading Robots: Sousveillance, and Continuous Cloud Sync Video SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Audit Trails
Avi Rushinek and Sara Rushinek

Avi Rushinek

Avi Rushinek

In the age of high frequency trading (HFT) through the use of automated algorithmic software trading robots, consolidated audit trails can be the watch dog, monitoring for triggers that may cause massive market fluctuations. Conversely, they can also be spying on other traders in the market place while recording, webcasting, and then recasting the data in order to influence the marketplace.

Sara Rushinek

Sara Rushinek

In their demonstration, Avi and Sara Rushinek will use state of the art hardware and software to show how consolidated audit trails can be used for monitoring purposes – in HFT, general security, spying and content misappropriation- through the use of several commonly available platforms and how, with an internet connection, all the data (text, audio, video) is continuously cloud sync’d, archived, and readily available at the top of search engine search results.

Avi Rushinek and Sara Rushinek will present their Automated Algorithmic Software Trading Robots: Sousveillance, and Continuous Cloud Sync Video SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Audit Trails demonstration on Friday, April 4th at 4:00 PM at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

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WeRobot 2014 – Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the papers?

Links to all of the papers discussed at the conference can be found by clicking on the paper titles on the We Robot 2014 Program page.

Should I read the papers?

Yes. They’re great. And we encourage you to read the papers before the conference because at We Robot presenters do not present their own papers. Instead the discussant summarizes and critiques the argument, followed by a brief response from the paper’s author(s). Then we open it up to the audience for discussion.

I don’t have time to read the papers. Is there a cheat sheet?

Not exactly. But you could look at the summaries of the papers we’ve been running on this blog. See Presentations – April 4 and Presentations – April 5 for the full list.

Will you be streaming the conference?

Yes, We Robot 2014 will be live streaming. In case of technical difficulties we will also have a backup live stream.

When does Registration close?

Registration closes Wednesday at 12 PM. If you do not register, we cannot promise you a seat. At present it seems there may be a few seats available for participants who do not preregister but we cannot guarantee availability. Plus, you won’t get a cool nametag.

What does it cost to register?

Registration is free.

How do I get to the Conference?

Here are the directions to We Robot 2014.

Where do I park?

There will be marked parking lots around the Newman Alumni Center where you will be free to park your car.

What is the dress code?

Casual. We want you to feel comfortable.

NewIconIs there a hashtag?

There is: #WeRobot

What are Birds of a Feather Sessions?

Birds of a Feather Sessions are Friday night dinners at local restaurants for attendees who are interested in grouping together based on specific areas of interest. We will have sign up sheets at the conference registration desk on Friday morning. The conference does not pay for these dinners, but we have selected moderately priced restaurants.

Who sponsors We Robot?

The Sponsors of We Robot 2014 are:

  • The University of Miami School of Law
  • Hollywood Media Corp.
  • Microsoft
  • University of Miami Ethics Programs
  • Yale Information Society Project
  • Google
  • Arsht Ethics Initiatives

If you see a sponsor at the event, please thank them!

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