Ethical Criteria

Inspired by the universal laws governing humans, and defined in collaboration with The Robot Of The Year awards committee, our 10 ethical criteria are consistent with international and ethical laws recognised worldwide.


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. 



Physical Integrity
Robots and AI do not kill or harm.


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. 



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. 


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. 



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


Robots and AI ease human labour.



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


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.



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.