"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.'"
Compare to the Detectophone from Ralph 124c 41 + (1911), by Hugo Gernsback, as far as I know the first reference to a voice-activated machine in sf.
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