Justita's heart warming concerns would have sadly fell upon deaf ears if not for Aya. Just as she began her speech, Conner had turned on the shower and stepped in, the distance from the door, combined with the sound of the falling water should have been enough to block out her speech, yet Aya had taken it under her own initiative to record and replay her speech with less than a 0.3 second lag over the speakers in the change room.
Conner was forced to listen to her well worded guilt trip.
"Aya, sometimes, I wonder why I gave you free will." He said with a sigh, "Please relay this, 'Justita, I will heed your concerns as soon as the meeting is over and get some sleep. I plan to take Split Second up on his offer afterward to speed up my work. Despite knowing of his ability, I felt relying on it too much would seem like a handicap. However it is clear now I should have just asked him. Do you find that acceptable?' "
At this point Justita had not really heard Conner's voice, unaltered by his helm before. Since his normal identity was concealed, only now should it have been truly evident to her just how young he was compared to most of the team. Not only that his voice even sounded tired.
"In response to your inquiry Mr. DNA, Mainframe created me with the original purpose for controlling sub systems of his armor, automatically adjusting for things like wind speed, humidity, and the like during flight or combat. However he saw great potential in what he had created. He is currently designing an Android body, though it is in the very early stages, with the intended use to assist humans in day to day life, as well as replacing the need to send humans in to dangerous situations."
"As such, he has originally designed me to follow a similar set of rules first described by Isaac Asimov. He has also programmed me with the capability to learn and grow. So far my program is the closest to true sentience an artificial life form yes reached. That said, I still can not go against my core program and through any action or inaction cause harm to a human, unless my action is stopping one human from committing a crime and causing harm to another human."
"As for my loyalty, in a way Mainframe as my creator is my father, I have a deep... concern for his well being and would do anything to keep him safe. I believe that no matter the situation I will put Mainframe's safety and health above all others, and once I have a body I shall be able to enforce a more stricter, and healthier life style upon him."
"Yet this Valor unlimited has become a home for Mainframe, and by extension a home for me. Mainframe does not connect well with most humans, especially his own family, yet here... believe it or not, he is actually happy. As such, I will do everything in my power to preserve that happiness for him."
"Finally, as to tamper-proof, Mainframe has gone to great lengths to ensure my security. However nothing is 100%. Not ever."
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