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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

Space Pirate  
  Space ships taken against their will.  

Perhaps the first use of the phrase "space pirate".

For there were those against whom it must be guarded space-pirates who dashed forth from time to time from hidden bases on earth or moon to harry and hold up in the void the rich lunar commerce. The boldest and most dreaded of them all was that swift and flashing corsair of the void known to all on earth and moon alike as the Hawk, and who for years had been the despair of all the Earth-Guard.
From Evans of the Earth-Guard, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Air Wonder Stories in 1930
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Where else will you find "corsair of the void" and (elsewhere in the story) "space-buccaneer", except in the writing of Edmond Hamilton!

John Campbell also wrote a cool story about brain piracy in space in 1938; see The Brain Pirates.

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