This story is nothing more than the natural progression of something that started in the early 20th century. We used to have people who held the title of 'machinist'. Now we have machines called 'CNC's which perform the same job to a better precision and produce identical parts. Being a machinist was an art form. Since the invention of 'machine tools' we have slowly moved away from the art to a repeatable process. Eventually factories will employ no one, or essentially no one. Stock will be dropped off and finished product will be picked up without ever encountering a human being. No lights, no breaks, no vacations, no unions, no variance. Perhaps a team of maintenance workers, but there would be no reason to house them at a single plant. This is the future of manufacturing.
Similarly we are automating the office. I am old enough to remember six-part forms and hallways filled with file cabinets. Now the same information can be housed on a single drive. I remember call centers which employed thousands of agents. Now there is a computer program which can get you through at least the front few interactions. As we continue along this line of reasoning, there are a number of jobs which will fall into oblivion just as the machinist has. The basic premise is if the human being is following a script, or a decision tree, or a detailed process; I don't need a human being for that. Humans are needed for exceptions, not wrote processing.
There is of course an impact to this move towards automation. We don't need unskilled workers who can absorb the necessary training through OJT. This then eliminates the need for a vast number of now middle class workers. They move into the poverty class and the societal divide widens. Not everything intended for good is limited to positive consequences.
If you are a factory worker now, how do you ensure employability? Learn how to repair robots.
If you are a low level office employee now what do you do? Learn how to automate your own processes.
For something a little closer to my own profession, if you are a Route/Switch engineer (Networking IT professional) what should you prepare for? Learn how to program. You job is nearly obviated now. It's called 'Software Defined Networking'. The days of troubleshooting OSPF/EIGRP are nearly at a close.
Automation is the natural outflow of specialization and advancement. As you work towards making your job more repeatable and predictive, you work towards ending your employment.