Well in my days we had switchboard operators, no TVs and nothing much else compared to today. The banker, mayor and undertaker were the most important people in townn.
So yeah, we have seen many changes and yet we have always survived.
What's happening in the banks recently are scary, as most of them are closing down branches and going "online". Thousands have lost their jobs.
Airlines are "slimming" down their staff counts and machines will handle the bookings and arrivals. All under the banners of "cost savings" and "progress"
Pilots will also soon be a thing of the past.
I think that this is just a forerunner of what we can expect in the future. Technology erasing the need for manual workers.
This Covid thing has also taught millions that they can work from home. So soon it will be a goodbye to offices, expected rentals, and a host of other services.
We are slowly being herded into a technical and automated era.
A cold water fish doesn't like warm waters, but in case of a change it will adapt.
Just so can we, but you are right, as it will be painful, especially with the job losses and the demands will be great.