It will be a very very long process for robots to actually replace most common jobs. and we have at least 2-3 generations of time for the society to adapt. New jobs will come out, and wealth distribution will shift towards to new jobs.
I think that you may be wrong on this one.
Yeah. Are there new jobs opening up that need a human more than anything else?
No. Most new jobs now require a human and a brain.
A lot of the reason why jobs kept replacing the lost jobs in the past, say the industrial revolution, is that when jobs (for example the need for everyone to be on a farm) converted to more automated activities, there were still many jobs where the primary need was a human. Where the skillset of that human was less important.
That is not the case now. If you are an unskilled human, there are not many new jobs and new industries being created for you. In fact most of your options are being actively removed.
I'm not convinced that all the old jobs were ever replaced.
If, in farming days, people start helping contribute at age 7 or 8, and work until they are 70+ or whenever they can no longer walk, and they are working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, then, compared to today were people work from maybe 20 to 60, 40 hours a week, that means 1/3 as many jobs will support the population.
At the same time, 14 million people on SSI (under 65) aren't even counted as "unemployed", because you have to be actively seeking a job to be unemployed. The rate is officially 5%, but in actuality over a third (37%) of all adults don't have jobs (includes retirees, early retirees, stay-at-home parents, students, etc).
I have no source to back it up, but my guess would be that a few generations ago the labor force participation rate would have been closer to 80-90%.
So that means another 1/2 of jobs disappear and are never
It may just LOOK like new jobs have always come up, because our standards of employment have changed. It wasn't by coincidence that the 40 hour work week movement came after the industrial revolution and finally became law immideatly after the Great Depression