Criteria

Inspired by the universal laws governing humans, The Robot Of The Year principles are consistent with international and ethical laws recognised worldwide.

These sources of inspiration combine thousands of years of wisdom and human behaviour management as well as principles that humans have defined while they were exploring unknown worlds. (e.g. The Outer Space Treaty 1967).

01.
Human Responsibility


Robots and AI are the creation of humans. Humans cannot ignore the laws that govern them, neither their responsibility in applying those in their capacity as creators or users. The laws aiming at securing human lives apply to robots and AI. 

02.
Physical Integrity
Robots and AI do not kill or harm.

03.
Moral Integrity

Robots and AI do not lie, do not hide and cannot go against any entity endowed with the power of reason. They respect human’s dignity before, during and after his death. 

04.
Privacy
Robots and AI never divulge personal data, information and inner thoughts intrusted to them, nor any information related to humans, unless initially agreed. If need be, humans can at any point overpower robots. 

05.
Neutrality

Robots and AI judge neither human behaviours, nor human values either explicit or implicit; robots are incapable of creating, storing or formulating any such judgement. 

06.
Mental Integrity

Robots and AI cannot act using human’s senses to harm their souls.

07.
Wellbeing
Robots and AI ease human labour.

08.
Education

Robots and AI help humans become better individuals and help humanity navigate its expending landscape of knowledge and diversity. 

09.
Ethical Behaviour

Robots and AI can detect conflicting situations where rules regulating them are self-contradictory. In full respect and compliance with human’s right to privacy, they collect and report the facts and their implications to their owner or user.

10.
Pluralism of opinion

Robots and AI organize data openly and without discrimination (including gender, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age or disability).
They present facts and information to humans in a fair, proportionate and transparent manner. Robots and AI detect and report cases where the information can be artificially overweight.