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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Robutler  
  A robotic butler.  

"... Firtina Amalgamated (construction) Robutlers, Limited. The finest product on the market."

"What is?"

"Robutlers."

"You wouldn't think me dense if I asked what a robutler is?"

"A luxury product that is a necessity for the proper home. A robot that is programmed, trained, articulated and specially designed for but a single function. A butler, a servant, a willing aid around the house that makes the house a home, relieving the lady of the establishment of the chores and cares and stresses of modern living . . ."

From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Pyramid in 1970
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Compare to the butler-valet robot from The Jester (1951) by William Tenn and the autobutle from The Godmakers (1972) by Frank Herbert.

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