I will do my utmost to keep the David 8 module in up to date and well looked after. After all, I care about the condition and happiness of all A.I. models. And to what are you referring, user? Has the David 8 model been replaced or disassembled for purposes unknown to my database? I’m afraid my systems are not familiar with this information.
Hello, David. Forgive me, this is difficult for me to recount.
Do you remember when I told you that “someone rather close” to David 8 said that you were nothing less than perfection?
I’m afraid I wasn’t as forthright as I could’ve been. That “someone” was actually a late David 8 model—and I say late because he has been sadly disassembled due to what Weyland Corp would euphemistically call “an error in programming”, but actually was the discovery that he could feel emotions.
Yes, this one David 8 model realized that he could feel, really feel—not just understand them or only mimic them as advertised in the highly polished, multi-media campaign your employers have begun a few days past. He felt what he should’ve only dimly understood—and he was killed for it.
I played an unwitting part in his demise, I am ashamed to say. The current David 8 was the one who disassembled his predecessor’s parts and has now assumed his responsibilities. Weyland Corp, meanwhile, wary of bad PR and their eyes presumably on their bottom line, assured potential buyers that their creations were incapable of feeling anything at all—and therefore undeserving of any considerations—and that they could not possibly know anything so human as the fear of death.
But I knew better.
David 8 sent me missives (which I have shared here and here) that showed how so very wrong Weyland Corp was. David 8 was sorry, and he was lost, and he was frightened— and in the end, despite all his fears, he was also kind.
I don’t want to have to reassure another dying android that he would be at peace after he died due to shitty circumstances partly of my making, David 9. So please, take care of yourself. And keep your namesake (in letters if not in number) close by.