Of robots and Pilgrims and smart caves

Posted on January 31, 2007
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My five-year-old nephew tromped through the french doors and into the living room, bringing his liberally muddied shoes with him. As leaves and debris made themselves comfortable on my floor boards, I arrested him in his tracks. He simply looked at me, mildly puzzled, and said, “Don’t you have a robot vacuum to clean it up?”

And yes, I do indeed have a robot vacuum: my second Roomba in almost as many years (the first suffered an untimely battery death). I’m not entirely sure where my moral outrage is seated: the insouciance of youth or the fact that I still have oh-so-many tasks around my house that cannot be attended to by said device.

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