The statement calls for the launch of a process to begin work towards establishing an ethical and legal framework for the design, production, use, and governance of artificial intelligence, robotics, and ‘autonomous’ systems. The statement also outlines nine ethical principles that should serve as the basis for this framework, including human dignity, rule of law and accountability, and data protection and privacy. Humans must be the ones who are ultimately in control and morally responsible. The statement ultimately calls for more research and thinking about the ethical, legal, and governance aspects of systems that have the ability to act without the direct control of human users.