Do you have data to back up that claim? I certainly hope it's not just empty rhetoric.
I believe in the mantra that "machines should work, people should think" -- but removing unskilled jobs in a country where university education funded by students and their families creates a catch-22. The US has been historically called the land of opportunity, yet the opportunities will only be available for skilled individuals, leaving unskilled individuals unable to participate in the economic game in order to gain the skills they need for better work. I think you'll find growing numbers of people who can't participate, as has been the growing trend:http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=joblessness+in+the+US
These people won't just sit comfortably, hoping earnestly for these new jobs in different areas. They need to survive somehow. Essentially, more work that is automated will leave less work opportunities, particularly for the disabled who might find it more difficult to gain skills. The opportunities will only be for things that don't exist yet, as has always been the case in the US. Entrepreneurs are the champions, but they also need support and funding too, in order to incubate their ideas.
Essentially, the further the system is automated, the more the economic system will have to be socialised in order to protect the vulnerable, which goes against the ethos of many Americans.
This doesn't affect me, and I take comfort in the fact that I don't live in the US and I've got a great job and education behind me, but I can see that as work becomes automated further, peoples livelihoods need to be supported with more than empty rhetoric about "new jobs being created in a new area".
By analogy, we produce enough food to feed the entire planet, yet billions of people go hungry every day. The problem isn't that we don't have enough food, the problem is that of logistics, suppose money weren't a factor, but the only factor is energy: how could we even distribute the food to everyone? It's a computationally complex problem.
"New jobs in a different area" has the same logistical hurdle. Do those jobs require skills? Do those skills require qualifications or further education? Do those jobs require moving to a different area, which also requires participation in the economic game to make it feasible? Do these jobs exclude minorities like the disabled?
I love the work of +Larry Page
and +Andy Rubin
, but I hope that they take these things into consideration too.