We will not see a 1-1 conversion of employee to robot. We never have.
What we see is the introduction of a software application, or of a machine, that requires humans to operate and maintain.
Right.... one bot can potentially replace hundreds of people.
There's nothing that says the task of operating and repairing machines cannot be automated, and the pace of technological development is very high lately.
machine allows the business to expand. But when the business expands, it does not need to hire more people, it can just make better use of the people it has.
That works for SMBs, But larger businesses conduct mass-layoffs which are catastrophic to the public, when their requirement for human workers decreases.
It is not because of Machines that business expands; business would expand as long as there is an increase in customers willing to pay the price the business can sell at. It's because of increased volume of demand from consumers, and business owners are incentivized to expand their businesses, because they will earn more money per quarter with a larger business.
The expansion of businesses is attributed to a number of things, But mostly Population growth.
If a Business does Not expand or increase number of employees, then Relative to the economy, and because of Inflation, that business is actually shrinking.
That isn't a trick to work around your proposal, that is how automation has been progressing for centuries.
It's not reasonable to expect automation of past centuries to show what automation in the future will look like.
Shall we apply your proposal to farmers who use tractors to let one worker do the work of 100? What about those same farmers using Excel to reduce a whole team of accountants down to just one? What about the huge trucks used to ship goods to shopping centers, eliminating whole teams of horse-and-carriage drivers?
A key difference is these developments were in isolation. The pace of further automations was very low, and only a small fraction of the economy was impacted at the time. That is not the case with new automations coming out in this decade, which will probably be able to cut most human jobs to near zero across all industries.
The public has already taken the negative Fallout that came with these automations, and we're now enjoying the benefits.
Around the time the tractor was being introduced, It maybe could have been a net public good To slow the pace at which farmers could be replaced, But the time to propose that Already arrived and passed a Long long time ago.
What about the huge trucks used to ship goods to shopping centers, eliminating whole teams of horse-and-carriage drivers?
Why don't you ask the Horses how they would feel about it. Because that is the role the Humans are going to be placed in now..... Not the role of the Drivers (Who could find other work), but the Role of the Horses.
The actual ramification coming is that Human work will be largely obsoleted, and Human hands will likely have their economic value reduced to 0, while 100% of the Cake gets re-assigned to people who own Real property and Raw materials which robots can do work on for basically free.
Instead, we should embrace the fact that we can automate our burdensome labor away, dive into that head first (as we are doing anyway), and figure out how to provide for the teeming masses of people who can't find work. This isn't a problem we can escape by slowing the adoption of labor automation
Why not slow it down, until our culture is ready to handle it, And people can figure out what to do with their lives, if they are no longer able to do Valuable work, and Not able to Improve the world, or Change the world, or make some small contribution to something of meaning, with their Mind or their Hands?
Essentially the future direction of automation appears to be that 99% of Humans will eventually get forced into retirement at a very young age, And they'll be destitute with the Robot managers and the Government owning all the money.