Both must be balanced. I need both.. I like diversified life. And its bad if humans don't have to do manual work, because then we lost something very valuable! -ability to do something with our own hands..
With today's technology is difficult, or even impossible to build Egyptian pyramid.. But in bast it's somehow done. We have already lost so many skills.. some folklorist's(or some I don't know who) trying to save them, but..
When I lived in country, then it was very interesting to learn from older peoples, how they did some works in old times. I was amazed how simply is possible to do some work, without machines.. or with machines cooperated with nature. There is a lot of foolishness, how peoples using very expensive and difficult methods for something, that can actually made very simple. They fighting against, where they should cooperative. I also love simple solutions, most beautiful and hi-tech is simple not complex.
Only who wins is technology college, factory etc.
I think that humans aren't evolved in last 2000++ years at all. only thing that is eveloped is technology. Humans are always been same, or maybe changed even more dumbheaded!