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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

Power Stilts  
  Platforms that push inundated cities ever higher.  

What will we do as global warming slowly raises the level of the sea around the world?

As with similar localities deemed worthy of preservation in Charleston, Port Royal and all the way down to Jacksonville, they had eventually been placed on hydraulic platforms. So Old Savannah still looked remarkably as it had in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, except that the warm Atlantic shallows now flowed sleepily beneath the power stilts that kept the historical city high and dry.
From The Human Blend, by Alan Dean Foster.
Published by Del Rey in 2010
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Compare to the freezone rafts that floated entire cities in John Shirley's 1985 novel Freezone.

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