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"The permanent government now is the anchorpeople. They don't get elected, and year after year they're responding emotionally to this or that."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Flexy (or Flexies)  
  A flexible, quasi-living computer.  

As the car slid along Rockhopper's spine, Bella unzipped her jacket and removed the flexy that had been recharging itself from her body heat. A deft flick of her wrist stiffened the sheet of leathery plastic. The ShipNet menu formed in its iridophores, tinged with a blue-green cast where some of the flexy's living cells were beginning to die.
Technovelgy from Pushing Ice, by Alastair Reynolds.
Published by Gollancz in 2005
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Parry walked past the game to the oxygen pump and picked up the flexy, squeezing it gently so as not to injure the quasi-living thing...

Flexies could also be joined in an array:

Flexies had been plastered to the wall, their edges staggered like bricks to form a ragged array that showed an object that could only be artificial...

Thanks to Perry for suggesting this item.

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