"What television does is rent us friends and relatives who are quite satisfactory. This is quite something, to rent artificial friends and relatives right inside the house."
Compare to the electrical valet from The Lord of Tranerica (1939) by Stanton A. Coblentz, the butler-valet robot from The Jester (1951) by William Tenn, the robant from The Impossible Planet (1953) by Philip K. Dick, the consumption robots from The Midas Plague (1954) by Frederik Pohl and the autobutle from The Godmakers (1972) by Frank Herbert.
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