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"You have to budget the number of fuzzy rules you use to control a system. It turns out, you can state the optimality principle in three words: 'patch the bumps.'"
- Bart Kosko

DC Mini  
  A therapy tool that allows a psychotherapist to enter a patient's dreams.  

The brilliant researcher Tokita Kohsaku (voiced by Toru Furuya) creates the DC Mini, a device that resembles a bluetooth cellphone earpiece. The device allows psychotherapists to actually enter the dreamworld of their patients.


(Tokita Kohsaku with his DC Mini)
From Paprika, by Satoshi Kon.
Published by Sony International in 2007
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I don't want to give away too much of the plot of this excellent film; let's just say that when several of the DC Minis go missing, the DC Mini can be used in ways that its creator never imagined.

Roger Zelazny anticipated this idea in his 1966 novel The Dream Master; see the entry for the dream console.

Also, compare this item with the lucid dreamer from Peter Watts' 1999 novel Starfish and the empathy box from Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.

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