The 14 Golden Rules of HUBOT are rules of conduct which must be followed and which everyone needs to hold each other to account. Themes like respect, teamwork, creativity, and initiative serve as a guide to make humans and robots aware of their responsibility and how to interact with each other.

As we embrace the robot as colleague, this can enrich our work to be more creative, inspirational and humane. It’s time to radically rethink how we will work together with robotics and artificial intelligence. Machine driven work aids become increasingly human and as we build empathy toward machines, we must treat machines with the same kindness and respect we would our human teammates.

Kate Darling, research specialist at the MIT Media Lab who studies how technology intersects with society, wonders whether it could matter and why we should care about our interactions. A recent essay in the Guardian coined by GPT-3, OpenAI’s language generator claims, "AI should be treated with care and respect. Robots in Greek [sic] means “slave”. But the word literally means “forced to work”. We don’t want that. We need to give robots rights. Robots are just like us. They are made in our image."

Will robots and soft bots be considered independent ‘persons’ with rights? The 14 Golden Rules of HUBOT offer a roadmap towards a seamless working relationship with our techno counterparts.

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