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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

Surrogate Skin  
  False skin that is sprayed onto damaged areas.  

"Now flex the fingers of your right hand, please."

I flexed them, while she helped the doctor spray on surrogate skin. "Wear gloves for rough work," the doctor cautioned, "and come back next week..."

"Hands all right?" the Old Man asked.

"They'll do. False skin for a week..."

From The Puppet Masters, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Doubleday in 1951
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The idea of skin you can just spray on is not as fictional as it sounds (although it was in 1951). Recently, Spray-On Skin For Burns From ReCell Kit was developed.

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