"In the 15th century, workers would throw their sabots (wooden shoes) into the wooden gears of the textile looms to break the cogs, fearing the automated machines would render the human workers obsolete."
When I go to the Giant (my local supermarket), I always go to a checkout with a cashier regardless of how many empty self serve lanes are open. I could easily scan my own items, but I feel those six lanes cost five people their jobs.
In my own career as a stationary engineer, there was a group of four of us that maintained 17 boilers. Today, everything is controlled and monitored by computer: Siemans. I am the last one left. Back then, I thought how great it was that temperatures could be monitored to a tenth of a degree or that air compressors could do their own blow downs. I installed much of the hardware. Without thinking, I made myself obsolete. On the bright side, someone has to fix things when the computer sends an alarm…. until the robots.
How about you?