I know that it’s tough to end up unemployed because the boss installed a machine at the toothpaste factory to do your job of screwing the lids on. It has to be tough and a surprise. And I suppose it’s no consolation to the people who find themselves in that position that it has been going on since the dawn of man.
We can trace many jobs that have been lost to mechanization. People used to need horses, box, wagons. They don’t need these things anymore. All the people involved in wagon making and livery had to go out of business. Many of the fruits and vegetables that we eat were once picked by hand and are now picked by machine. In each of these cases new fields of employment opened up as a result. So yes, it is true that people lost their jobs.
However, it is also true that many other people obtained employment. As you know, I am a huge fan of Mike Rowe Works which is an organization that seeks to help people attain trade education. While a university education can be beneficial we have seen more and more that the people who do well are the people who have a marketable skill. Especially the kind of skill that does something. If you are a stone ask maker and the bronze guy comes along your best bet is to learn how to do the bronze making.