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"But the problem with reincarnation is that it's hard to imagine what the storage medium for past lives would be. Not to mention the input-output device. I hesitate to rule it out completely, but I'd need pretty definite proof."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Flexible Frank  
  An all-purpose household robot.  

Housekeeping is repetitious and unnecessary drudgery; as an engineer, it offended me.

For the problem to be within the scope of one engineer, almost all of Flexible Frank had to be standard parts and must not involve any new principles...

Just what did I want Flexible Frank to do? Answer: any work a human being does around a house. He didn't have to play cards, make love, eat or sleep, but he did have to clean up after the card game, cook, make beds, and tend babies - at least he had to keep track of a baby's breathing and call someone if it changes.

From The Door Into Summer, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Unknown in 1956
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Compare to the household robot from Ely's Automatic Housemaid, by Elizabeth Bellamy published in 1899.

Thanks to Pete for suggesting this item.

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  - Elon Musk et. al. OpenAI Household Robot
  - Housekeeping Robots Easy To Imagine, Tough To Make
  - VirtualHome: Teaching Robots To Do Chores Around The House

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