Rice was invented in 4E-17x, the Year of the Noneger, by the late scientographer Maxillimus Magoo, whose prowess with a replicator exonat pen was unmatched in the fourteen megaspheres of Earth-Like for the duration of his life-term. In its undyed form, rice appears as small pink globules of mucus suspended in a medium of bile. It is so named because of its resemblance to Pre-Androidian descriptions of an ancient granular food supplement of the same name. Some psioresearch gacks believe that Magoo’s invention does not so much resemble Pre-Androidian rice as it does another, more obscure, dish known as “grits”. Only two known surviving docuchips from the Meta-Moronic Era bear any mention of grits, and some scholhardassians doubt the dish’s existence at all.
Rice is used in situations where it is desirable to have an inedible substance that vaguely resembles food, but not so much that anyone will make the mistake of trying to eat it. It is a popular dish for android office parties, because it is cheap to buy and available in many different colours.