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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

Recorded News  
  This is the basic idea behind Tivo and VCRs.  

What an idea - record the news if it comes on at an inconvenient time and then listen to it later. This is a pretty good prediction, since the first news broadcasts by radio wouldn't happen for another twenty years.

Everyone is familiar with Fritz Napoleon Smith's system--a system made possible by the enormous development of telephony during the last hundred years. Instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is every morning spoken to subscribers, who, from interesting conversations with reporters, statesmen and scientists, learn the news of the day. Furthermore, each subscriber owns a phonograph, and to this instrument he leaves the task of gathering the news whenever he happens not to be in a mood to listen directly himself. As for purchasers of single copies, they can at a nominal cost learn all that is in the paper of the day at any of the innumerable phonographs set up nearly everywhere.
From In the Year 2889, by Jules Verne.
Published by Unknown in 1889
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THis is also an astute prediction of the electronic distribution of news.

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