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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

Aircab  
  A taxicab that is a flying car.  

As far as I know, this is the first use of this phrase, and maybe the first reference to a flying taxicab.

I fell through the giddy mists. Only an aircab could have saved me.
From Farewell to the Master, by Harry Bates.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1940
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See also the Tin Cabby from Cities in Flight, a set of novels written in the early 1950's by James Blish.

Just for fun, take a look at this visualization of the flying taxicab idea from Fifth Element, the 1997 movie starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich.

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