September 11, 2018

The Robot of the Year Competition and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Ottawa, Canada, Paris, France…Paris based The Robot of the Year Founder and AI.VEN Founder, Philippe Nacson has partnered with CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation advocacy groupto launch a global conversation about setting ethical AI criteria. This effort is linked to The Annual Robot of the Year program (submit nominations today) also founded by Nacson.

Philippe Nacson said, “ Artificial intelligence will have profound social and ethical consequences for human society and a number of challenges relating to safety, privacy, transparency, fairness, equality, morality, accountability but also employment and work organization will become more and more important.”

He added, “ An essential step in this transformational process is to seek input on ethical AI criteria and laws, which we are doing in partnership with CATAAlliance, as part of the Robot of the Year Award challenge.”  

10 Focus Points for AI Ethics

  1. Human Responsibility – AI driven machines are the creation of humans. Humans cannot ignore the laws that govern them, and must apply laws either as a creator or a user. The laws aimed at securing human lives apply to machines.
  2. Physical Integrity – AI Robots must not kill or harm.
  3. Moral Integrity – AI Robots must not lie, or do harm or go against any entity endowed with the power of reason. In every situation human dignity must be the priority.
  4. Privacy – AI Robots must never divulge personal data, information and inner thoughts intrusted to AI machines, nor any information related to humans, unless agreed by Humans. If need be, humans can at any point apply superior power over machines, such as robots.
  5. Neutrality – AI Robots must neither judge human behaviours, nor human values either explicit or implicit; robots must not be capable of creating, storing or formulating any such judgement.
  6. Mental Integrity – AI Robots must not use human’s senses to harm their souls.
  7. Wellbeing –  AI Robots must ease of human labour.
  8. Education – AI Robots must help humans become better individuals and help humanity navigate its expending landscape of knowledge and diversity.
  9. Ethical Behaviour – AI Robots must respect human rights to privacy, in their role of collecting, reporting and analyzing the implication to owners and users, even at times of conflicting, self-contradictory situations.
  10. Scewing of Opinion – AI Robots organize data openly, without discrimination, and present facts and information in a fair, proportionate and transparent manner. However, it is recognized that AI Robots can detect and report cases where the information has been artificially overweighted.

CATA CEO, John Reid, concluded, “ To fully benefit from this new AI paradigm, we have to make sure that artificial intelligence is developed, designed and adopted in ways that serve human wellbeing and the global social good. We need to have a global conversation about ethical criteria and laws for AI and then share best practices. Our 10 focus points is a good start. We encourage your comments and to confirm interests in joining the AI advocacy team. Please email John Reid at

 Philippe Nacson – Founder, The Robot of the Year 

Philippe spent 20 years in investment banking and private equity in London and Paris. He was successively heading Debt and Advisory teams working on complex structured financial transactions at RBS, HBOS and Lloyds among others. In the last seven years, he headed the French arm and co-heading of a UK based Private Equity Firm (Euros 1bn of Asset Management) investing in Infrastructure deals.

His strong interest in robotic and Artificial Intelligence has led him to create a project that puts emphasis on positive innovation for humans.  He created an award competition “THE ROBOT OF THE YEAR”, electing the best innovations in Artificial Intelligence and robotic beneficial for humans in eleven industries worldwide. He is also the founder of HUMaiN foundation, which aims at enabling the utilization of AI tools in education, environment and health to challenge and catalyze economic and innovation growth in Africa and India.

Philippe is based in Paris, is an alumni from the London Business School and holds an MBA TRIUM – London School of Economics, NYU Stern and HEC.

Sofiane Belgadi, Managing Director, North America, AI.VEN

Sofiane started his career in Corporate Banking. He then managed sales and marketing divisions within High Tech groups (Konica, Océ) and was an executive member of two French FinTechs (Isodev, ). He also led the operations of a credit insurance company (Cecse), before becoming a founding partner of a merchant bank. He advised customers in the technology industry for their fundraising operations and strategies of growth. He also created during his career two companies in the field of consulting and strategy.

Sofiane is based in Toronto and holds an MBA from HEC School of Management, Paris.

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