The jobs aren't going away because people here are being replaced by better technology, the jobs are going away here because people are being replaced by workers in other countries who can work for less.
One is not mutually exclusive of the other. It's not exactly a golden age in emerging economies either.
Continuing high rates of unemployment worldwide and chronic vulnerable employment in many emerging and developing economies are still deeply affecting the world of work, warns a new ILO report.
In fact, some companies are insourcing back to the first world because of robotics. There won't be many jobs to go along with it though:
the two new factories (the other will be in the US) will produce about 1m [shoes] (...) The new Adidas factory will have about 160 staff, a fraction of the number required to make the same number of shoes in Asia.
So 160 people to produce 500.000 shoes if that was 1m total, double that if it was 1m each. That's thousands of shoes per employee per year. I just checked one of the bigger online banks here in Norway, 310 employees and 380,000 customers that's more than a thousand per employee. And we're constantly improving the systems to do more with less. For a long time getting more people into the economy has been driving it, like adding another ground level to the pyramid makes it taller.
I'm not so sure that it will always be that way, at some point we might run into other resource limitations and having less people means there's actually more for each because robots do the work but like you need land to grow food, so the more people the more land you need. The more people, the more waste, the more pollution, the more housing, the more traffic and so on. If you think really far into the the future maybe it's better to have fewer humans and a large robot staff to support them.
Of course I'm not doing to ask anyone to give up on the right to have kids, but many countries in Europe are below replacement numbers and maybe then it wouldn't be such a big deal.