is the headline of this bloomberg piece that reports the strange phenomena that human beings are replacing robots in the manufacturing lines. The point is that by automating some of these production process, much of the skill learnt by the human worker is lost. Without these knowledge, the humans cannot innovate and improve on the current process.

I see a close parallel between this and how students are losing their mathematical/computational ability because they are doing all their calculations on a calculator. Sure, if all the mathematics that you will do in future is to add some numbers on your bills, then by all means do that. But if you hope to develop a more mathematical/algebraic thinking then the hours of doing addition and multiplication sums are not something you should dispense with.