Outside of Accessibility Laws, I don't put much stock in the idea that architecture can be a force for emancipation. Clients and designers are too focused on dramatic emotional effects, or worse, naked profit. Furniture and appliances, however, tend to have a positive impact on building users. The function of either is instantly realized, and when service lifespan is exhausted, it's replaced without any negative emotional impact. Few people miss an old dishwasher.
In other news, I had a dream last night that I went to a Taco Bell that was nearly totally automated. Robots made the sandwiches. There was no human interaction at the drive-up window, and there was only one employee inside the store. The selection was limited, but the food was remarkably cheap. Sanitation was monitored by a special computer program that recognized that my bread was stale.
It gave me extra lettuce.