Re: Welcome to the future!
But, while jobs were eliminated by computers, more were created. Not sure what the final score is on that, but I'd say that nearly all the old lost jobs were soul-killingly dull and better off gone, just like the assembly line jobs replaced by robots.
Yep, many of those blue collar semi-skilled jobs have indeed gone. More to China than to robots. Now the idiots of the US government want robots to eliminate the jobs that they and Wall Street have been unable to offshore. And people at the top of the tech industry are cheering this on. Simply supporting AI development and the elimination of "bread-winner" jobs won't help the US economy at all, it will however make wealth inequality much, much worse, as the techno-barons and financial sector get richer, whilst the real economy shrinks. The outcome will be more urban poverty, crime, race riots and social instability. Think of poor, fractured cities of today - and then abolish half the jobs that still exist there. Are a million truck drivers doing to successfully retrain as better paid video game programmers? I think not.
As for the net gain/loss, I think you'll find that the amount of jobs isn't much different, but far more of them are low wage, part time and intermittent compared to the 1950s and 1960s. All the data is in the BLS jobs reports, but you'll need careful analysis by somebody like David Stockman to illustrate how bad this is. People voted Trump because they are seeing this hollowing out of the US economy, and decent jobs being replaced by crap like Uber gigs, zero hours retailing contracts, theme park attendant or burger flipping jobs. Manufacturing and truck driving might be boring, mundane, unrewarding to you, for many people they are reasonably paid, dependable and satisfying jobs.
This may seem a big bit Luddite. But absent a clear, convincing, fully funded plan to create more good quality jobs for people with limited intellectual skills, then more automation is a recipe for disaster.