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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Butler-Valet Robot  
  A gentleman's servant, roboticized.  

"I have your butler-valet combo here all fitted with the special custom-built adjustments you ordered..."

The man in the visored helmet inserted a convoluted length of iridium - an official Robot Master Key - into the back of the robot's neck. Two full clanking turns and the machinery purred. Eyebrow ridges clinked upward. Multi-linked lips pursed questioningly.

"My fiancee, Josephine Lilly... designed it," Lester told him proudly. "Her idea of what a butler-valet combo should look like - sort of in the ancient English tradition..."

From The Jester, by William Tenn.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1951
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Compare to Frederik Pohl's consumption robots from his 1954 story The Midas Plague.

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