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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

Communications Implant  
  A surgically implanted device enabling the user to communicate with computer networks.  

Computers are an essential part of running the Todos Santos Independency, a single structure housing about 250,000 people just outside Los Angeles. Managers who require constant information are given implants that allow them to call up needed information from a computer system called MILLIE just by thinking about it.

"I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it," Art said.

"I see," Sir George's eyes focused on nothing for a moment.

Art said "Mac, have they made any progress on swinging an implant for you?"

"Think the city's got an extra million bucks?"

Sir George said sympathetically "Very useful gadget, but you can communicate with a computer about as well with a good briefcase console." Reed and Bonner looked knowingly at each other. It was a look that sighted men might give each other in the presence of the blind.

Technovelgy from Oath of Fealty, by Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven).
Published by Timescape in 1981
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It is not clear from the text how the authors thought the device would work. However, the use of such a device is explored thoroughly by the characters in a variety of contexts.

Compare to the artificial telepathy from We All Died At Breakaway Station (1969) by Richard Meredith.

An earlier reference to an implanted transceiver (not thought activated) can be found in Robert Heinlein's novel, The Puppet Masters, published in 1941. See audio relay. See also neural lace from Surface Detail (2010) by Iain Banks.

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