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"A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam."
- Frederik Pohl

Robot Busboy  
  A robotic device able to autonomously clear tables in a restaurant.  

"Sorry - oops." A busboy, a robot, carrying a loaded, chest-high tray of dishes, had bumped him, making him totter on his chair. People everywhere, those rising, those seating themselves, the robot busboys clearing, the waitresses with their lights and tunes everywhere...
Technovelgy from Lies, Inc., by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantastic in 1964
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The perfect addition to Edgar Rice Burroughs' automated restaurant from his 1912 novel A Princess of Mars.

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