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10. Rosie ("The Jetsons")
Special abilities: Tremendously efficient and detail-oriented, able to simultaneously clean a house and provide a respectable authority figure for Elroy.
Why we love them: Yes, if we thought about it, there's probably something sociologically problematic about this sassy robotic housekeeper, with her mixture of occasional sassiness, but ultimate obsequiousness. So we won't think about it. Or maybe we could think about the problematic futuristic decision to add cultural traits to animate an otherwise inert domestic. We won't think about that, either. With her frilly apron and head-piece, Rosie was pretty much the glue that held the Jetsons together. It's not a coincidence that the very first "Jetsons" episode was titled "Rosey the Robot" (yes, the spelling of her name went back and forth throughout the series). Of all of the robots on our list, Rosie is probably the most plausibly achievable and yet, despite the passage of 50 years, we have yet to achieve Rosie-level technology.
- Daniel Fienberg