The Midas Plague by Frederik Pohl:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Excellent tongue-in-cheek story pillories the Consumer Society. In the story, robots and corporations produce so many consumer goods, that the measure of wealth is how FEW goods you are force-fed during the course of your days, weeks and months. Select an invention:

Automatic Companion Robot - better than a puppy
A robotic replacement for a pet or friend.

Consumption Robots
Humanoid robots placed in the position of consuming material goods to relieve human beings of the burden.

Law Clerk Robot
A robotic lawyer.

Maid-Robot
A mechanical automaton does the work of a lady's maid.

TBR (Talk Between Robots) Circuit
A special means of communications used by robots to speak with each other.

 

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