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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

Slide Rule w/Radio Attachment  
  Slide rule communicates results immediately with computer.  

There was no whine of sirens, so it was not a battle alert. He put down his book, slipped into his coat, and headed for astrogation and instrument room. Several officers, including the ship's executive astrogational officer, were already there when he arrived. They nodded to him, rather curtly, but that was usual. He sat down at his desk, and took out of his pocket the tool of his trade: a slide rule with a radio attachment which connected it with the nearest—in this case the ship's—mechanical brain.
Technovelgy from Mission to the Stars, by A.E. van Vogt.
Published by Berkley Medallion in 1955
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