Machines (another word for “tools”) have been taking jobs from humans since the first ancient human sharpened a stick. But they’ve also been creating them. That’s why I believe that new technology such as computers that can learn, drive cars or run factories will not leave humans impotent. In ways we cannot imagine, these technologies will be used to create whole new industries, and plenty of jobs with them. Humans will also be needed to design, operate and service the machines we make. Technology augments us, not replaces us.
The industrial and information revolutions are not analogous. Computers aren’t like internal combustion engines. A traditional car still needs a driver. A self-driving car obviously does not. And while a self-driving car may require a designer and software engineer, if the car is put together by robots that also upload its software it’s not going to need nearly as many of them as it would take to replace all the factory workers that used to work on the assembly line, let alone all the taxi/truck drivers that used to drive them.
That said, I agree with you that humans are incredibly resourceful creatures. However, you seem to miss the point that UBI is about giving people greater freedom to utilize that resourcefulness. Rather than telling a worker that used to work on the assembly line he/she now MUST enter a job retraining program to adjust to the new economy, that worker is given some resources to help them out as they determine for themselves how they want to fit into the new economy. In UBI pilot programs around the world, very few people just sit around watching TV or sleeping all day. Just about everyone finds something constructive to do. But they have more freedom to do what THEY find constructive and fulfilling. That’s the essential difference.