It's fun to imagine the changes when you're on a forum, watching videos of experts discussing hypotheticals, and writing science fiction novels. But actually spend a little bit of time around real people, and that excitement gets tempered when you imagine them being put out of work by machines. Some of them will be unemployed before their natural deaths, but they are older than some parents of this forum's members.
This is very well said as it's basically what happened to me. Years ago I would often talk excitedly to my friends and family about the changes to labor and machine intelligence that are coming in the following decades and the possibilities it would open up, and they would tend to react with open dismay. Over time it changed my perspective on futurism, automation, and "tech-bro-ism".
I realized that from the position of a creative, I didn't really have to deal with the existential horror that comes with the realization that a machine could potentially do my job better than I could in the near future (not until AGI). And when thinking about that sort of thing, that's what most people feel: existential horror. It stands to reason that many people who feel it don't want to deal with it, and so deny, justify, bargain, whatever they can to not feel like shit when they think about how grim the future will be for them.
The future might *not* be grim for them... in the future. By then they might become accustomed to and fond of the idea that they can just relax and pursue their passions while machines do all the work of running a society nobody wants to. I don't think anybody really WANTS to be an accountant!
But right now, their personalities find the future to be a horrible place where they're basically useless and their labor is not in demand, since they're contextualizing the future using their current personalities and worldviews.