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January 2, 2005
‘That's nice to know.'

‘Your family and our kind have a long history. Without you and O-Tek, machines like me wouldn't exist. But it's a lot to ask of us, to deny what so many millions of humans desperately want.'

‘You deny humans what they want all the time, Cirrus. Biological weapons, psychotropic designer drugs, suicide machines... we designed you to say no to us when we asked for things that are self-destructive. If we want them enough, we'll make them ourselves, without your help. It's a design philosophy we inherited from our ancestors, and it's served its purpose well.'