Robot Congress

Robot Congress

Synopsis

Ryan Morrison, better known on Reddit and the internet as "Video Game Attorney," and co-hosts Austin Hoffman and Ryan O'Connor, take a hard look at how the law will react to the fast growth in technology. Will we need consent to sleep with a robot? Will our organs be government property? Come in and find out.

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Episodes

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 82 - How to Work in Video Games
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 82 - How to Work in Video Games
    Duration: 41min | 21/11/2019

    What does it take to break into the video game industry? Do you have the necessary experience to level up to a career in this Pac-Man-Eats-Ghost world of bytes and pixels? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali share their experience and wisdom!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 81 - Bark to the Future
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 81 - Bark to the Future
    Duration: 42min | 09/03/2019

    Would you put your dog's brain in a robot body? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali talk about the past and future of pets, and we even throw in some pet law for no extra charge!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 80 - Friends with Technology Benefits
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 80 - Friends with Technology Benefits
    Duration: 34min | 22/02/2019

    How has technology altered the way we maintain relationships? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali reminisce about how instant messaging, dial-up modems, and video chat changed everything. Plus, by popular demand, Austin rants about grocery stores.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 79 - The Apex of our Fortnite
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 79 - The Apex of our Fortnite
    Duration: 29min | 14/02/2019

    Is Apex Legends a threat to Fortnite's popularity? How did Apex launch with virtually no warning and no leaks? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali talk about the huge hit Apex Legends and its impact on the gaming world.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 78 - Reddit Asks Us Anything
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 78 - Reddit Asks Us Anything
    Duration: 36min | 07/02/2019

    Just how bad are esports player contracts? Does Skyrim's Bethesda own the word Scrolls? Do companies need to sue to protect their trademarks and intellectual property? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali answer all the questions!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 77 - A New Lawsuit Every Fortnite
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 77 - A New Lawsuit Every Fortnite
    Duration: 28min | 20/12/2018

    Can you copyright a dance move? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali discuss the lawsuits surrounding Epic's Fortnite and the celebrity dance moves it has co-opted for use in its explosive game.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 5 - Future Warfare and Technology
    ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 5 - Future Warfare and Technology
    Duration: 36min | 25/10/2018

    What is the future of warfare? Will soldiers be grizzled men leaping around battlefields in exosuits, or will they 18 year-old Starcraft players commanding robot soldiers from halfway across the globe?This week in Robot Congress Classics, we discuss the Future of War! (what is it good for?)

  • ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 4 - The Future of Entertainment and Media
    ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 4 - The Future of Entertainment and Media
    Duration: 36min | 11/10/2018

    Will we still be watching television in twenty years, or will we all be plugged into the wall in a virtual cyberspace world? This week in Robot Congress Classics, Morrison and Austin talk about: the potentials of virtual reality; how all our fancy new devices afford us no privacy; what IS "obscene" in media; and how Morrison thinks indie movie theaters are the New Future.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 3 - The Future of Transportation
    ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 3 - The Future of Transportation
    Duration: 38min | 05/10/2018

    Are Smart Cars the future? Who's responsible if a self-driving car hits your house? Am I still myself if I use a Star Trek transporter? This week in RoCo Classics, Morrison and Austin discuss all the future of transportation!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 2 - Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, and the Future of You
    ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 2 - Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, and the Future of You
    Duration: 33min | 27/09/2018

    Should artificial intelligence have human rights? Who's responsible if a self-driving car kills had an accident? This week in Classics, Morrison and Austin delve into the future of AI and discuss Skin Gambling: the purchasing and trade of video game aesthetics!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 1 - Patenting DNA and the Future of Cybernetics
    ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 1 - Patenting DNA and the Future of Cybernetics
    Duration: 43min | 20/09/2018

    Will you own your own body in the future? Can your DNA be patented by someone else? This week, a Classic episode of Morrison and Austin's past discussions is revived, back for your enjoyment.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 76 - Are ROMs Legal
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 76 - Are ROMs Legal
    Duration: 43min | 14/08/2018

    This week Morrison, Austin and Ali discuss the burning question in everyone's minds: is the unauthorized distribution of old (and new!) games through ROMs and their Emulators illegal? Will they result in legal action? Find out this week, on Robot Congress!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 75 - Bird Law
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 75 - Bird Law
    Duration: 40min | 07/08/2018

    Why are Birds terrorizing major cities around the US? This week Morrison, Austin and Ali examine the electric scooter sensation that's sweeping the nation. Is it a great eco-friendly startup, or a thousand thousand lawsuits waiting to happen?

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 74 - Fake It Til You Make It: The Kylie Jenner Story
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 74 - Fake It Til You Make It: The Kylie Jenner Story
    Duration: 34min | 17/07/2018

    Forbes has declared that Kylie Jenner is set to be the youngest ever Self-Made billionaire- this week on Robot Congress Morrison, Austin and Ali are analyzing this claim and the counterfeit industry that surrounds popular products like celebrity makeup.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 73 - Trumped Up Supreme Court Picks (Ft. Ali Rothman)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 73 - Trumped Up Supreme Court Picks (Ft. Ali Rothman)
    Duration: 42min | 10/07/2018

    This week is about the Supreme Court, what they do, and the new nomination! Morrison and Austin are joined this week by Allison Rothman to answer your burning questions about the Most Supreme Court of the Land (in this case, the US!)

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 72 - Future of Esports Player Unions
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 72 - Future of Esports Player Unions
    Duration: 35min | 08/05/2018

    The episode more requested than any other: Should esports pros unionize?

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 71 - Charity or Scam, an Examination
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 71 - Charity or Scam, an Examination
    Duration: 40min | 01/05/2018

    It's always great to give, but are you giving to the right charities? Some charities will piddle away your kind donation keeping their own wheels spinning, whilst others are worthy recipients of your hard-earned currency. This week Morrison, Austin, and O'Connor dive into the murky depths of Lake Charity, sifting through the mud and picking out the gems!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 70 - A Way Too Fast Rambling Through Every IP Law
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 70 - A Way Too Fast Rambling Through Every IP Law
    Duration: 54min | 24/04/2018

    DMCA takedowns are all over YouTube, but what do they mean?! People throw around the terms copyright and trademark as if they're interchangeable! Why is the McDonalds logo Reserved?Join us this week as Morrison, Austin and O'Connor dive into these constant internet topic terms, educating and entertaining you!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 69 - King of Kong Dethroned
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 69 - King of Kong Dethroned
    Duration: 37min | 17/04/2018

    What does it take to be a video game star? How far would someone go to secure his place as the King of Kong? This week Morrison, Austin and O'Connor discuss the torrid tale of Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, who the true King of Kong is, and some of what Austin know about Football.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 68 - President Facebook
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 68 - President Facebook
    Duration: 34min | 10/04/2018

    Why is everyone threatening to unplug from Facebook? Has your privacy been breached? Do we deserve privacy at all? This week Morrison and Austin delve deep into the seedy underbelly of Facebook and come face to face with the fact that maybe, just maybe, WE were the breach all along! (audience gasps)

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 67 - Artificial Intelligence and the First Amendment
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 67 - Artificial Intelligence and the First Amendment
    Duration: 49min | 03/04/2018

    Should you fear artificial intelligence? This week Morrison Austin and O'Connor discuss the robot rebellion, self-driving cars, and the glorious dangers of the future-world we're speeding towards!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 66 - Go YouTube Yourself (ft. Mowtendoo!)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 66 - Go YouTube Yourself (ft. Mowtendoo!)
    Duration: 01h02min | 13/02/2018

    Ever thought about making a YouTube channel? Want to Broadcast Yourself out there? Do you have what it takes?This week Morrison, Austin and O'Connor talk to the talented YouTuber Mowtendoo and dig into the nitty gritty of creating content online!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 65 - Is Playing Music on Twitch Legal? (ft. Noah Downs!)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 65 - Is Playing Music on Twitch Legal? (ft. Noah Downs!)
    Duration: 47min | 06/02/2018

    My favorite streamer had Taylor Swift on shuffle in the background and now his videos are no longer available! What kind of music can I use for the background of my livestream and YouTube videos?This week Morrison Austin and O'Connor are excited to have Noah Downs aka @MyLawyerFriend on the show to talk all about sync licensing- what you music you can and can't use online to set the mood!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 64 - Government Shutdowns and You!
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 64 - Government Shutdowns and You!
    Duration: 34min | 30/01/2018

    Welcome to the US Congress, where the government shuts down but the politicians still get paid!Are the banks still open? Has the looting begun? What exactly does a government shutdown entail?!This week Morrison, Austin and O'Connor discuss just exactly WHAT a government shutdown in the USA means, and how often it's happened. Plus: Who's the heart of the Starfox team? What exactly is Cluedo, and why can't I kill Mrs. White with a wrench in the drawing room anymore?!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 62 - Breaking into Esports
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 62 - Breaking into Esports
    Duration: 43min | 16/01/2018

    Ever wonder what being a pro esport player is like? Do you think you have what it takes to play games on the big stage? This week Morrison Austin and O'Connor dive head-first into the booming world of esports! This week we're sponsored by the new [adult swim] show HOT STREETS! Those roads are BOILING!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 61 - Looking Forward to 2018
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 61 - Looking Forward to 2018
    Duration: 50min | 09/01/2018

    What's going to be the best movie of 2018? What soon-to-come games will blow your mind? Has Austin caught up with the times, or is he still stuck in the 1970's? Join us this week as Austin and O'Connor look INTO THE FUTURE of 2018.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 60 - Robot Congress 2017 Year in Review
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 60 - Robot Congress 2017 Year in Review
    Duration: 39min | 02/01/2018

    What's Morrison's favorite game of 2017? What could Austin's top 2017 movie be if he never sees new movies? This week Morrison, Austin, and O'Connor review the highlights of this crazy and amazing year!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 59 - The FCC Strikes Bargains
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 59 - The FCC Strikes Bargains
    Duration: 29min | 19/12/2017

    Is this the end of the internet as we know it? The FCC has repealed government-enforced net neutrality, so sit in on this session as we fill you in on what this actually means: the good, the bad and the potential dystopia we'll be headed towards. Plus, Morrison and O'Connor chime in at the end with their thoughts on the new Star Wars movie!We're sponsored this week by hellofresh! coupon code congress30 at hellofresh.com nets you $30 off your first week of meals, so give it a shot!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 58 - 2017 Game Awards Recap
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 58 - 2017 Game Awards Recap
    Duration: 47min | 12/12/2017

    Who won the 2017 Game Awards? Who deserved to win, who lost out?! This week Ryan Morrison and Austin recap the results, and talk Cuphead, Zelda, Uncharted, and many other games that hit and miss at this year's awards!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 57 - Decrypting Bitcoin
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 57 - Decrypting Bitcoin
    Duration: 48min | 05/12/2017

    What is cryptocurrency? Will it make all governments irrelevant? Will Bitcoin topple nations? Will Dogecoin make it to the moon?This week Ryan Morrison, Ryan O'Connor and Austin Hoffman talk cryptocurrency! We delve into exactly WHAT it is, why it's worth money, and whether it'll stick around in the future!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 56 - RoCo @ PAX Unplugged
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 56 - RoCo @ PAX Unplugged
    Duration: 38min | 29/11/2017

    What's the seedy underbelly of tabletop gaming really like? What's a Vampire LARP? How many dwarves does it take to get to the center of the earth?This week Morrison, O'Connor and Austin talk about their awesome trip to PAX Unplugged!Sponsor codes, use to support the show!Squarespace: ROBOTHello Fresh: congress30

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 55 - Pitchforks for EA
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 55 - Pitchforks for EA
    Duration: 36min | 14/11/2017

    EA has released Star Wars Battlefront II and with it a bevy of loot boxes and character-gating. Do they deserve the tremendous amount of hate they're getting for the game and their player-wallet-gouging practices? Probably! This week Ryan Morrison and Austin go through a list of what makes EA worthy of such vitriol!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 54 - BlizzCongress Spectacular
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 54 - BlizzCongress Spectacular
    Duration: 56min | 07/11/2017

    Hearthstone! Overwatch! Warcraft! This week we're discussing BLIZZCON! Morrison gives his take on his trip and O'Connor and Austin go over some of the big points of Blizzard's huge annual event! We're amazingly excited about this one! Maybe too excited!Try Squarespace! Make your website and support the show, use code ROBOT to get 10% off!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 53 - Ghostly Congress Special
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 53 - Ghostly Congress Special
    Duration: 40min | 31/10/2017

    I broke my leg running from a chainsaw clown, can I sue? I have this GREAT idea for Halloween-themed wine...This week Ryan Morrison and Ryan O'Connor talk injuries in haunted houses, disputes over HalloWINE (awesome name, we know) PLUS Scooby Doo Villains! Are they really committing crimes or just defending their homes from pesky kids?HelloFresh is our sponsor this week, coupon code congress30 at hellofresh.com nets you $30 off your first week of meals! It's pretty darn tasty and easy to cook.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 52 - Are Loot Boxes Gambling (Ft. Marc Whipple)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 52 - Are Loot Boxes Gambling (Ft. Marc Whipple)
    Duration: 51min | 24/10/2017

    Shadow of Mordor says I can pay more money to possibly get a cool orc! I just spent a tenth of my paycheck trying to get the Halloween Zenyatta skin and came up with two Mercys and a Roadhog! Why is this even allowed?We talk with attorney Marc Whipple about loot boxes, the ESRB, gambling in gaming, and if the end is nigh!Squarespace! Use it with coupon code ROBOT to get 10% off and support the show!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 51 - Disappointing Sequels, The Prequel
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 51 - Disappointing Sequels, The Prequel
    Duration: 52min | 17/10/2017

    What games, movies and books have let you down? The hype trains run at full-steam sometimes, and end up flying off the tracks into Disappointment Gorge! This week Austin and Ryan O'Connor talk their biggest letdowns in games and movies, and Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch didn't even make the list!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 50 - Tales from the Tavern
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 50 - Tales from the Tavern
    Duration: 53min | 11/10/2017

    It's all over popular culture nowadays, from Stranger Things to Critical Role to celebrities confessing their love of the game, and Game of Thrones isn't helping either. What is Dungeons and Dragons about? Do you summon real demons? Where are the dragons hatched? Are there whips in the dungeon?Join Ryan O'Connor and Austin as they explore their D&D history and discuss the incredible (and terrible) experiences they've had with this game over the years!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 49 - Oh the Games We Play
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 49 - Oh the Games We Play
    Duration: 29min | 03/10/2017

    Do you have games that have sat in your library for ages, unplayed and dusty? What games do you play over and over, rather than starting those lovely games that you eyed for so long but had no the courage to pick up?This week Ryan O'Connor and Austin talk about their gaming loves and hates!Brought to you by Squarespace, use coupon ROBOT for 10% off!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 48 - PubG vs. Fornite: Battle of the Royales
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 48 - PubG vs. Fornite: Battle of the Royales
    Duration: 29min | 26/09/2017

    Can Bluehole sue Epic Games for their use of the Battle Royale gamestyle that made Playerunknown's Battlegrounds a Steam store superstar? What does Bluehole mean by "contemplating further action?" Can you use other company's products in your own promotions? Bluehole has stirred up a storm with their statements about Epic Games' new PvP mode for Fortnite, and we're going to get to the bottom of this cyclone!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 47 - Cosplay 101 (Ft. Stella Chuu!)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 47 - Cosplay 101 (Ft. Stella Chuu!)
    Duration: 54min | 19/09/2017

    Who owns your face? What if a creep takes a picture of you when you're not looking? Stella Chuu joins us to talk breaking into the industry, remaining relevant, and how to ask for permission to take a picture with a cosplayer you think is awesome.What does it take to be a cosplay professional verse a guy who buys a deadpool costume off the Internet? How DO you avoid melting your eyeballs with colored contacts? We're sponsored by Squarespace! Use code ROBOT to get 10% off and support the show! Also, Penn State Online.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 46 - PewDiePies DMCA Dilemma
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 46 - PewDiePie's DMCA Dilemma
    Duration: 42min | 12/09/2017

    PewDiePie, one of YouTube's biggest personalities, has made another blunder and is finding out that developers have every right to DMCA his Lets Play videos. Find out why the creators and owners of the games hold all the power in this week's Robot Congress!Brought to you by Squarespace- use coupon code ROBOT for 10% off! Plus, Penn State Online.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 45 - Attack of the Remakes
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 45 - Attack of the Remakes
    Duration: 50min | 05/09/2017

    Why are so many game companies remaking old games I love? Can I share the Star Wars v Star Trek game I spent two years on? What if it's free?We're talking remakes, both official and unofficial! From Street Fighter to Dungeon Keeper, Gearbox buying Homeworld and remastering it to that KOTOR fan remake that isn't lawful no matter what their website says.Learn ALL ABOUT IT this week on Robot Congress!Remember Squarespace? Use coupon ROBOT to get 10% off their awesome service! Also, Penn State Online!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 44 - Gold Scammers Stole My Parents (Money)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 44 - Gold Scammers Stole My Parents (Money)
    Duration: 53min | 29/08/2017

    Scammers stole my kid's account! What can I do, and was it worth anything for the 300 hours he sunk into it?!Hey- that troll stole my level 36 magic staff! Can I sue him, or have him thrown in jail? Am I destined to spend another 15 hours grinding to acquire a new staff?Will the government tax my gold gains?!Find out on Robot Congress!We're brought to you by Squarespace- use code ROBOT to get 10% off! Plus, Penn State Online!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 43 - The OConnor Origin Story
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 43 - The O'Connor Origin Story
    Duration: 41min | 22/08/2017

    Robot Congress has ejected Morrison from the galactic senate this week! Everyone loves a villainous origin story- that's right, we're interviewing our new co-host to plumb the dark secrets of his past, this week on ROBOT CONGRESS!Brought to you by Squarespace --- use coupon code ROBOT to get 10% off.PLUS Penn State Online!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 42 - Take Two of These CDs (the OpenIV story)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 42 - Take Two of These C&Ds (the OpenIV story)
    Duration: 45min | 15/08/2017

    What happens when you mix Russian modding software with Grand Theft Auto 5's incredible popularity? LAWSUITS?! Probably not. Cease and Desists?! Definitely. Featuring IRON MAN (as an example of why modding can be detrimental to a publisher). This episode is brought to you by Squarespace, use offer code ROBOT to support the show and get 10% off- as well as Penn State Online.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 41 - Murder She Spoke (The Michelle Carter Story)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 41 - Murder She Spoke (The Michelle Carter Story)
    Duration: 44min | 09/08/2017

    Can you kill someone with a text? Does free speech end when it's used to harm another? We continue our rolling out of ALL NEW Robot Congress episodes by delving deep into the sordid tale of wrath and woe that is: Death by Text! Michelle Carter convinced Conrad Roy to kill himself, but why and how? Find out this week on Robot Congress! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Use code ROBOT to save 10% and support the show!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 40 - RELAUNCH (and the Alex Mauer story)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 40 - RELAUNCH (and the Alex Mauer story)
    Duration: 53min | 02/08/2017

    IT'S OUR RELAUNCH! And we couldn't have done a worse job. All new sound and recording equipment and Ryan somehow managed to speak into the wrong end of his microphone (shut up, it's possible) and create an awful echo'y sound. But it's not nearly as bad as the story behind this week's topic. Alex Mauer has rum rampant with the DMCA takedowns, hitting both commentator and creator alike. Was she allowed to do this? Did she own the content? What powers does the DMCA actually grant, and what happens if you cheat? All this and more on this week's ROBOT CONGRESS! (Now out every Tuesday)

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 39 - Steams gone Direct, skip the Greenlight (w/ Sheena Perez)
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 39 - Steam's gone Direct, skip the Greenlight (w/ Sheena Perez)
    Duration: 46min | 02/06/2017

    This week Robot Congress has Sheena Perez, super awesome game dev and music composer extraordinaire to talk about Steam Greenlight closing and Steam Direct's announcement. What should you know if you plan to make a game? What will Austin rant about this time? FIND OUT NOW!

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 032 - Jeff Rubin
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 032 - Jeff Rubin
    Duration: 01h04min | 24/02/2017

    Mr. Jeff Rubin (formerly of CollegeHumor and Buzzfeed), host of the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show stops by to talk about his career, games, hot takes on Uncharted, and how awful Austin is at naming celebrities on the fly.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 020 - A New List
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 020 - A New List
    Duration: 40min | 22/09/2016

    *Imagine Scrolling Star Wars Text* RYAN AND AUSTIN SAW SUCCESS WITH THEIR LAST LIST EPISODE. NOW, OUT OF IDEAS AND OUT OF TALENT, THEY RESORT TO A NEW LIST ABOUT FAILED TECH LAUNCHES. WE NOW JOIN OUR HEROES AS THEY RIDE A SEGWAY INTO BLACKBERRY TABLET HEAVEN.

  • ROBOT CONGRESS - 008 - Future of Never Happened
    ROBOT CONGRESS - 008 - Future of Never Happened
    Duration: 34min | 08/06/2016

    Will we all be wearing suits of armor, complete with jetpacks? Will flying to work replace the usual boring commute? Nope! Come hear 25 predictions from the past, about today, that never came true.

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