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"Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen."
- Larry Niven

Smart Gel  
  Intelligent paste made of neurons; spread upon a substrate for computing.  

See the entry for head cheese.

"It's one of those smart gels," Ray said at last... "Head cheese. Cultured brains on a slab. The same things they've been plugging into the Net to firewall infections."
From Starfish, by Peter Watts.
Published by Tor Books in 1999
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The term "smart gel" is already in use; it refers to a class of liquids that have unusual properties in response to being compressed. Since smart gels expand or contract in response to external stimuli, they could be useful in applications such as an artificial pancreas that releases insulin inside the body in response to high sugar level. Smart gels might someday be used to make exotic foods, cosmetics, medicines, and sensors. See the article Smart Gels and Shake Gels.

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