aridas sofia said:
The only thing the past shows us about the future is how dramatically different it will be. We do have nearly fully automatic kitchens. Robots that scrub the floors, microwaves that can prepare pre-packed meals in seconds, ovens that can refrigerate food, then use pre-programmed instructions to have your meal cooked and ready to eat when you get home, and refrigerators that have a link to a world wide web of information, including the means of having your groceries delivered to you based on electronic tagging that tells your refrigerator when you've used up your milk!.
The future? That will be unrecognizable. Arthur Clarke told me so.
Funny no one's home I've been in can in any truthful sense of the word be defined as automatic there is still a huge human element involved in all of those things you mention. The microwave hasn't been "futuristic" for decades and even premade food is a product of the past not some ultra new innovation.
No one I know owns a cleaning robot, see them advertised on tv all the time - not sure how well they work and their function seems highly limited at best.
Our present really isn't so alien from our past. But how one defines that I guess is what lens we're looking through. Humans still behave well human... and getting from here to there involves expending some energy, cars still use combustion engines and go ahead on blacktop.