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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

Diptray  
  A hovering tray of drinks, used for parties.  

...I paused to grab a rum-and-other from the Diptray which had followed overhead until I could bear its anguish no longer, and had finally pressed the acorn which hung at the end of its tail. At this, it had dipped obligingly, smiled open, and revealed the treasures of its frosty interior.

"Ah, joy. Buy you a drink, Phil?"

From This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace Science Fiction in 1966
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