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IPM Female DP Owner's Guide

Note: This is a draft intended for circulation only among authorized IPM staff members.


The most common means of controlling your android is to simply tell her what you want her to do. She is programmed with a thorough command of the English language (and others, with optional language modules installed), and will normally understand clearly expressed orders. Unless you have reset her obedience and deference parameters to low values, her director will normally ensure that she does as you instruct her. Should you find her behavior unsatisfactory, it is usually sufficient to simply explain more clearly what you want her to do, re-emphasize your order, or perhaps to adjust her configuration settings.

In the event she is given conflicting orders, your android will have to decide which ones to obey. Every order she receives is assigned a priority, and higher priority orders take precedence over lower priority ones. Factors affecting an order's priority include:

  1. Who gave the order. Orders given by her owner have the highest priority. Next in priority are orders given by people who have a master's password, then people she knows her owner trusts, then strangers. It is reasonable to think of her personality's wishes as "orders" she gives herself,
    with their priority dependent on her current Initiative and Obedience settings.
  2. The nature of the order. Orders are classified in the following categories, in order of descending priority:
    1. Cancel order: You can at any time explicitly tell your android to stop following an order you (or someone with less priority than you) have given her.
    2. Immediate order: This is when you tell her to do something which she is to do immediately and continue until it is completed. For example: "Close the blinds." "Come here." "Bring me a drink."
    3. Trigger: A trigger tells her to do a certain thing at a specified time or when something else happens. For example: "If the phone rings, answer it like this..." "Buy a gallon of milk when this one runs out." An order affecting how the android is to do something when she does it is also a kind of repeating trigger: "Use the garage door to enter the house," or "Wiggle your hips more when you walk."
    4. Restriction: This is when you tell your android what *not* to do. For example, "Don't mention my mother-in-law" or "Don't speak." Any immediate order or trigger will temporarily override a restriction. Sometimes they will also cancel the restriction - the android will use her best judgement to determine your intention. Her Obedience and Initiative settings will also influence her decision - she is less likely to cancel your restriction at a higher obedience level or a lower initiative setting. Sometimes she may ask for clarification. If it's important, it is best that you clarify your intention yourself.
    5. Advice: Sometimes you will simply advise your android how to behave, without intending it as an order. For example, "You should smile more," or "Don't always call me Master." Such orders will influence her behavior, but will not override any other orders.
  3. How forceful the order was. An order clearly phrased and identified as an order, spoken directly to the android in a forceful tone of voice, will be assigned a higher priority than a casually uttered instruction. An order given via remote control is considered maximum force and will always be obeyed if possible.

Sometimes when an order is given that conflicts with a previous order, the previous order is cancelled. At other times, it may be sufficient to override the previous order temporarily. Your android can usually guess which result is intended, and act accordingly. If she is unsure, she will either ask for clarification, or obey the more restrictive order.

If your android is given an order she is incapable of obeying, she will normally inform you of the fact. She is smart enough not to continue to attempt to obey an order once she has discovered she cannot.

If your android is given an order which may cause her damage to obey, or which may hurt another person, or which may be illegal, she will not obey it unless she is certain you are aware of the fact and wish her to continue. If you order her to proceed in such a case, you are solely responsible for any consequences of her obedience.

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