No, time to design better robots.
Robots ARE stupid. They only carry out predefined actions of the designers.
The whole premise of the article is totally flawed. Ants carrying off leaves, cutting them, farming aphids etc.
We have laid roads in Northern Euorpe since BEFORE the Romans conquered. Roads predate cars by over 3000 years! We have not reshaped the world for them.
There are no general purpose robots and no general AI.
Dishwashing. Not done by imitating humans, but by a special design of machine. The real reasons there is no robot to pickup paper from desks or fold clothes is lack of a viable market at the price point the machines can be made.
Steam Engine and Steam Turbine needed changes to industry and economics to make them viable to spend time developing, for 1000s of years, horses, wind, water & human power was more economic. Pumping water from ever deeper tin mines in Cornwall was a major impetus. Tin was mined in Cornwall and copper in Ireland for Mediterranean bronze nearly 3000 years ago by hand because it was more accessible and labour was cheaper.
The writer needs to research robotics, software and socio-economics that influence industrial development. More things depend on a market than on new inventions. Supersonic passenger aircraft, hovercraft, faster ships to bring tea, spices leading to Suez and Panama. Refrigeration.
Tractors impetus due to loss of labour on land due to Industrial wages and WWI.