In the free market, new technology frees people up to branch out. When the tractor was invented it cost plow jobs. Those workers had more time to spend on other things, or come up with new technology. Handicapping an economy for the sake of maintaining jobs may be desirable in the short term, but will quickly lead to the country or business falling behind.
Automation should be preferred because it will lower labor costs for companies which should in turn lower costs overall for the company. These labor savings should be passed on to the consumer, so that the consumer is not paying so much for a product. Automation is preferred because it can better standardized quality assurance.
I think that if automation makes a job or an industry run a lot more better and efficient, then it should be preferred even though it may cost a lot of jobs for everyday people. I think that a business at the end of the day only cares about the bottom line. And if automations helps with that, then so be it.
Yes, automation should be preferred because of increased efficiency even though it decreases jobs, because it is important to do things in the most free way, in order to lower costs. Getting rid of one job makes things less expensive and then the people who lose their jobs can do something else to help society prosper.
I believe automation should be preferred because it increases efficiency. Efficiency allows the human race to focus on other matters that are more important. While it does impact jobs in the short term, it tends to create better fields in the future. We have millions of people in technology fields now, in jobs that didn't exist 20 years ago.