The next 15-20 years will witness the massive introduction of robots – both as consumer robots (including companion robots) and industrial robots as result of the advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. Economists expect this with mixed feelings. While some extort the benefits artificial intelligence and robotics will bring to societies, others predict a darker scenario. The massive introduction of robots and the transition of the economic system to robonomics (robot-based economy) will cause many people to lose their jobs, new jobs would be created, production facilities will scale down and change their geographic location, and the sources of employees’, companies’ and countries’ competitive advantages will change drastically. This will have profound implications on the nature of work, level and sources of incomes, leisure time, politics, international trade and relations, ownership rights, etc., hence leading to major social, economic and political challenges and tension. Societies will be forced to find unconventional solutions to these challenges – birth right patents, universal basic income, constant and fluid free life-long education of population, robot-based tax system, redefinition of human rights, etc. This webinar will elaborate on the economic principles of robonomics, pinpoint its benefits and challenges, and sketch some of the solutions to its challenges.
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Stanislav Ivanov (‘Stan’) is a Professor in Tourism Economics and Vice Rector (Research) in Varna University of Management. He is the founder and the Editor-in-chief of the only academic journal in tourism and hospitality in Bulgaria – European Journal of Tourism Research (indexed in Scopus) – and serves on the editorial and review boards of over 30 other journals. He authored over 120 publications (books, book chapters, articles, conference reports and industry reports) in the field of robonomics, hotel marketing, hotel chains, pricing and revenue management, destination marketing and management, tourism’s impact on economic growth, political issues in tourism. He has specialised in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Norway, Cyprus, USA, Italy.