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"It's also important to vary your stimuli. I always look for new things to shock the system. Just as you make muscles grow by shocking them, you make the mind grow by shocking it."
- Bart Kosko

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.
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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