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"I'm a farm boy. It's very interesting; you can detect self-starting characteristics in this society and they are strongest among people who have had some kind of rural upbringing and a very impressionable stage."
- Frank Herbert

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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  - Toyota Delivery Robot Home Helper
  - ATLAS Robot Now Does Housework!
  - Elon Musk et. al. OpenAI Household Robot
  - Housekeeping Robots Easy To Imagine, Tough To Make

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