There's a company that is working on self driving 18 wheelers. Kind of scary?
actually yes, it's probably a lot further along than you think; not only that, but it wont need a new truck either
Unless the robot is indistinguishable from a pretty waitress with a cute smile, a lot of people aren't going to be happy being served by a robot.
You can already see the backlash in communication with support over the phone. People get pissed off talking to the damned machines, not using the infernal things is actually advertised as a bonus for various companies. The day machines take over operation of restaurants is the day I never eat out again. There are many activities where I will not tolerate putting up with some damned computer, and I don't even like people.
Automation is definitely the future, but don't be surprised if people wont even accept humanoid androids in many circumstances. There will always be a market for the personal touch, even if it costs more.
If we do all end up golfing and playing video games for a living, I wont be particularly unhappy about it, but automation hasn't just destroyed jobs, it's created new ones. You couldn't have the level of commercialism we have today before farming became a highly automated process, pre-industrialization, 90% of the population had to farm to eat. Books, movies, video games, pretty much everything you use simply can't exist in an economy where only one out of ten people aren't literally eating the fruits of their labor. If we actually get to the point where serious AI is even doing the creation aspect of production, then we've either achieved a post materialist utopia where everyone loafs around like they do in Wall-e, or become slaves to our robot overlords.
You are missing the forest. Yes there will absolutely be people who prefer a "pretty waitress w/ a cute smile" simply because of the pretty/cute/flirty, but there are only so many of those needed... even if every restaurant was a hooters. The problem is not just that ai & automation could replace most everyone in many restaurants. The problem is that it's making baby steps towards doing the same to all of these tooL
- the offices across the street from said hooters.
- the bus & taxi drivers that drive many of those workers.
- The truck drivers who drive products from point a to point b (ie mfg - warehouse - local store)
- the folks who move things around in those warehouses.
- the folks who make clothes & shoes worn by those workers
- The people who harvest the strawberries, grapes lemons, raddish, olives, & many more eaten by those office workers.
When it's ll said & done, your post reads a lot like some of the things people said about self checkout lanes years ago; you know the ones people get in line to use?. I imagine it's not all that different about the benefits of a good horse over one of those blasted loud & awkward automobiles too.
as to if automation creates new jobs... oh it absolutely does... but take all those amazon warehouse robots for example. I highly doubt they are serviced on site with much more than a new battery or similar plug & go component when you could have a couple full time guys that service all the broken/malfunctioning ones delivered to their location (such as that office across from that hooters) from all other amazon warehouses. Pretty soon, it won't be a human delivering them either..... So yes, new jobs have been created, but unlike past labor reducing revolutions (weaving loom, cotton gin,factory line, pneumatic/electrical tools, etc) this one is replacing both labor & knowledge workers.
People may "not like talking to a damned machine"... they don't like talking to call center ai's because they are primitive & barely out of the gate even if that's a near adolescent juvenile timeframe to computers. With that said, god do they go crazy talking to Siri(apple), Cortana(wp & win10), & Google now(android), their tv remote
, & more.
your post is from a pre/post industrialized world standpoint, not a charging unprepared at the very obvious wall of automation & blindly shouting "not my problem" because you aren't looking far enough ahead. Even if you have one of those jobs that can't be automated away, your job still depends on money from those people who would suddenly be 100% incapable of adding to the economy in any way shape or form.