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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

Poppins  
  An android body imprinted with the personality of a Master Nanny.  

Most of the adult caregivers in the park are a rigs, too. Why not? You can fire up a clay copy and send it to the office, but when it comes to hugs and tickles, flesh has no substitute. Anyway, it makes you look bad, sending your child out tended by a purple or green. That is, unless you hire a poppins from one of the Master Nannies - a status symbol few can afford at this end of town.
From Kiln People, by David Brin.
Published by Tor in 2002
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Read a bit more about ditto blanks. You might also enjoy Philip K. Dick's view of a robot nanny.

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