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Even if I have the money, I don't want more human servants, I want more automation so that the sum total of menial work done by people goes down. How about a robot that does laundry? I'm thinking of a third robot that interacts with our existing and totally fabulous washing machine and dryer robots instead of a human.

Isn't that what will ultimately happen? Once a business has the financial incentive to optimize how it's done they will eventually get to automating it when that is possible/economical.

Only if people are willing to put up with having more servants in their lives in the interim. But if not, people will just keep doing their own laundry and the business will fold, or perhaps just reach a level where for some people it offers a slight improvement on existing laundry services. Whereas a laundry robot would be really quite the revolution, it would end up being a new mandatory home appliance after dishwasher, stove, fridge, washer, and dryer if it worked out. But then again, it's probably super hard to build such a thing.

They do have laundry robots, they just sit on the floor and you turn dials to configure them and dump your laundry into them.

I think you probably missed what I said higher up.

> I'm thinking of a third robot that interacts with our existing and totally fabulous washing machine and dryer robots instead of a human.

I think you probably missed the wry ironic subtext in my comment. How fucking entitled are we as people that it isn't enough to have machines take care of the hard part of laundry, they have to do the easy part, too?

Oh. Yep, I basically agree with you.

Menial work is going down. This isn't a personal servant, it's a business that's able to batch, scale, and prioritize like a scaled business.

Right now, doing laundry in your own homes, it takes exactly 10 people to do 10 loads of laundry. We can reduce this to one or two people by centralizing all of this work to specialized workers, if not less.

If we go by the goal of fewer people spending less time doing menial labor, this is a clear win.

I actually just don't understand why one person picking up 10 loads of different people's laundry, doing the laundry, and delivering back the folded loads requires less total minutes of work than 10 people doing 10 loads of laundry at home. Yes, it takes less people, but those people spend their lives doing laundry. Yes, servants are specialized workers.

I think there may be marginal efficiencies over people taking their clothes to a laundromat in some cases. But I've never heard of anybody with washer and dryer at home using a laundry service. Typically they'll just hire a maid to do their laundry if they really need it.

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