What so many seem to miss about a robot revolution applied to labor, is that it is another enabling technology that spells the end of traditional economics. It enables a more star trek utopian, socialistic economy, something that, despite its idealistic and lofty goals, is simply not possible without the enabling technologies in place. Right now it still requires a human to flip burgers and clean anything more than a dusty floor, low qualification labor opportunities will eventually be replaced by relatively cheap solutions, that is inevitable. What is possible then, when menial tasks are covered, are opportunities no society in history has had the luxury of considering. There is nothing more transformative than the cost of living dropping to almost nothing compared to what is required today.
The motivations of a society are for the first time capable of shifting en masse, from one driven by monetary gain to one of practically unfettered pursuits of self interest. It's much like capitalism in that way, and some contribution to the wellbeing of the society will have to take place, albeit next to nothing compared with the labor hours we put into the great machines of enterprise now. Most of a person's time can be spent pursuing whatever ends a person is motivated to explore. Those that contend folks would just sit on their butts playing games are only seeing the world as it is and not as it will be. People sit on their butts largely because work dominates their lives, and for almost all laborers these are jobs that hold no interest for them and do not capitalize or cultivate workers' unique skill sets. It takes alot to do these jobs, and in the limited time people have to themselves, yes they play games and watch Netflix. Now picture the same people with free and instant access to all the food they want, access to all the technology they want, well provisioned housing for next to nothing.. games will quickly find a new niche in our society.
People will grow bored doing nothing with so much time and energy available, and it's not a stretch to imagine a stigma existing for those who do nothing but sit around having no interest in life. A robot revolution is a core component of the enabling technologies required to realize this vision, and we can still muck it up. A truly socialistic approach to government will suit this coming age, and the transition is coming about hand in hand with the technological advances.
Too good to be true? For now it is. But over the next 20 years, as these technologies continue to reshape every moment of our day to day lives, unprecedented scenarios can be considered and recognized properly as being unprecedented, which means anyone predicting doom for such a vision is basing it on absolutely nothing historically, for there is no precedent. What we have already seen plainly is tech transforming everything we know about being alive. Not so far a stretch to think in 20 years this will be even more wildly transformative. Once sending messages was expensive, now it's practically free. Food will ultimately follow the same path, as will all the basics of life and more. The self interest that drives capitalism can finally be applied directly to problems instead of the current model, which sees an economic system bleeding energy and efficiency with every transformation of currency to labor and back. When everyone is doing what they most want and what they're best at, efficiency can be realized on unthinkable scales. This can be our near future if we don't mess up too badly.