Since the 1800s, robots started taking over human craftsmanship jobs:
- making cloth
- making glass bottles
- making paper
- making nails and horse shoes
- making cars
- making (just about anything)
Since the 1900s, robots started taking over human service jobs:
- typing documents
- filing documents
- sending messages (postal service)
- handling financial transactions
- store clerks (e-commerce web sites)
- distributing news
I'm sure there are many more jobs that have been automated, that I've missed. Yet somehow we have very close to "full" employment. Our collective standard of living is higher today than ever, even for the poorest among us.
The robots are coming, this is true. I say this is a good thing! We humans have brains, we will find something better to do than the drudgery that the robots are taking over for us.