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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

Artif-Org  
  A mechanical version of a human organ.  

George Walt's corporate existence proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs... they would be left alone if they would reveal the manufacture of their highly sophisticated and successful artificial components. It was, most likely, a West German firm; the cartels were most advanced in such experimentation.

"...if they keep after me, or if they won't make a deal regarding artif-org construction - then it'll be necessary to do something.

From Cantata 140, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1964
Additional resources -

This word is used for an organic replacement organ in Dick's 1969 novel Ubik, but with a simplified spelling; see artiforg.

Dick uses the fascinating example of conjoined twins who would not have been suited to separation, but did so using largely artificial organs and robotic limbs.

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