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"Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future, things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together."
- Ray Bradbury

Flickercladding  
  A covering that allowed robots to absorb incident light or emit light, as needed.  

Some looked humanoid, some looked like spiders, some looked like snakes ...All were covered with flickercladding, a microwired imipolex compound that could absorb and emit light.
From Wetware, by Rudy Rucker.
Published by Avon Books in 1988
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