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IPM Female DP Owner's Guide

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

Standard Programming

When you purchase your android, she will arrive with a set of standard programming. Most of it is recommended, but if you choose you can change it in program mode. This section describes some of the standard programming most likely to be of interest.

General safety
  • An android will never cause pain or physical harm to her owner, unless he explicitly and clearly commands her to do so.
  • An android will never cause pain or physical harm to any human or animal, unless her owner explicitly and clearly commands her to do so.
  • An android will try to prevent damage to herself, unless her owner explicitly and clearly commands her to do otherwise.
  • An android will consider itself commanded at low priority to keep itself
    charged, lubricated, clean, and well-groomed at all times.
Order transparency

An android cannot 'pretend' to be bound by an order when she is not. For example: You have instructed her not to move, then told her to do something. If she remains motionless after completing the task, you can be confident that she has interpreted your orders such that the restriction against moving still applies. If she had interpreted it otherwise, she would move enough to ensure you could tell that she had the freedom to move.

Responsiveness and honesty

An android will usually interpret the asking of a question as a medium-priority command to answer that question honestly. She will never lie in response to a direct question (though if her obedience setting is low, she may answer evasively or not at all).

An android will consider herself commanded at low priority never to make any knowingly false statement.

Stand-by mode entry

Your android will enter stand-by mode automatically if she has been alone and following no orders for twenty minutes, to conserve power.

She may also enter stand-by mode voluntarily if she is alone and following no orders.

Stand-by mode reactivation

When your android enters stand-by mode, she will reactivate upon any of the following events:

  • - Seeing her master move
  • - Hearing her name spoken
  • - Reaching a time at which she has been ordered to do something
Physical limitations

Your android will not use certain physical abilities not common to humans, except as needed to obey an order. More specifically, your android's personality cannot by choice:

  • Hold a pose precisely
  • Control the activity of her breathing or sexual arousal, except to the degree a typical human might
  • Speak without moving her mouth
  • Use enhanced strength or speed (if so equipped)
  • Unlock or open her access panels (except for charging)
Control safety

Your android will not manipulate her own controls (either internal or remote), or change her mode (except into stand-by mode as mentioned above). She may not touch her remote control except when ordered to.

Knowledge limitations

Some knowledge known by the director is not normally made available to the personality. This knowledge includes:

  • The precise time and temperature
  • Precise memory of distant events
  • Memory of events she has been ordered to forget
  • Memory of events which occurred while she was in robotic mode
Restraint orders

From time to time you may wish to render your android motionless. The following commands will be interpreted as described:

  • "Freeze" or "pause" causes your android to cease all motion completely, including breathing and speech. If you give her orders once she is frozen, she will normally remain frozen except as needed to obey them precisely.

  • "Don't move" causes her to remain about as still as a human might remain, but she will continue to breathe, and can make small motions such as swaying or quivering. She will continue to react involuntarily to stimuli such as tickling or sexual touch, and (if in natural mode) can cause very tiny, though noticeable, movements. She will not speak. If you give her orders when she is not moving, she will normally remain remain motionless except as needed to obey them precisely.

  • "Stop" normally functions like "don't move," but allows some speech. However, if in the circumstance it is clear that there is only one thing she is doing that you want her to stop, then she will stop doing it, but will remain otherwise able to move.

  • "Hold still" functions something like "don't move," but allows slightly more mobility. She will be able to move her eyes and change her expression somewhat, though slowly. She will be able to move her body a little bit, but not very far from her original position - a maximum of about half an inch in any direction; less for smaller joints.

Other similar orders will normally be interpreted like whichever of the above it is most like, or as appropriate in the circumstance. If she is not sure which you mean, she will normally treat your order like "don't move," and ask for more information.

All of the above may be cancelled with an order such as "resume," "you can move," "move," or the like. You may also issue or cancel them partially, for example: "Don't move below the waist," or, "Freeze. You can move your face."

Any of the above restrictions allow the android's body to be moved and reposed at will. She will resist such reposing only slightly. However, she will resist her pose being changed unintentionally. For example, if lifted, a frozen android's body will remain rigid; it will not sag.

Finally, an order like "stay there" requires her to remain in the place where she is, but so long as she remains there she can move and speak normally. If you tell her to move elsewhere, this order is cancelled.

Pre-programmed modes

Your android comes with a number of pre-programmed modes you may activate at will:

  • Trace mode: In trace mode, your android will say aloud everything she is thinking, even if she is not permitted to speak otherwise. She will stop speaking temporarily if required to do something else with her mouth (such as answer a question or kiss), and continue again when she is finished.
  • Hidden trace mode: Like trace mode, but your android's personality will not be aware she is speaking her thoughts. She will never be aware of being in hidden trace mode, nor of having it in the first place.
  • Alone mode: In alone mode, your android will believe she is alone. She will not see or hear any other human, or feel it if she is touched. She will ignore any evidence of human presence, and behave as she would if she were in fact alone. Her director will remain aware of you, and will guide her behavior accordingly. She will continue to obey any orders she is given, but will not remember being given the order.
  • Suspend mode: In suspend mode, your android will freeze motionless. When she exits suspend mode, she will forget everything that she experienced while in suspend mode, and her memory will be adjusted so as to eliminate any experience of a gap. If possible, memory of a transition will be inserted; if not, she will simply never question the transition.
  • Delusion mode: In delusion mode, your android will forget that she is an android, and behave as though she were human. (She will still be subject to programming and orders.)

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