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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Artiforg  
  An artificial organ kept 'on line' in the body.  

If you are a wealthy businessman like Glen Runciter, you make sure that you've got back-ups. Of everything.

Probably Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs, artificial organs grafted into place in his physiological apparatus as the genuine, original ones, failed. Medical science, he conjectured, supplies the material groundwork, and out of the authority of his mind Runciter supplies the remainder. I wonder how old he is, he wondered. Impossible any more to tell by looks, especially after ninety.
From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1969
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See this earlier use - with a slightly different spelling - from Cantata 140; artif-org. Compare to the spinning wheel for veins from R.U.R. (1920) by Karel Capek.

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