Quotes: Just a Machine

"I was right! You're nothing more than some mad machine! You're just a machine!"
Mitsuko Komiyoji, Kikaider

We're a long way from home. What if you don't transfer all the way back? What if you die here, you really die? It's your chance to found out if you're God, or just a bunch of circuits with a bad haircut. (...) Someone has programmed you with a fairytale about God and streams and happily ever after but somewhere, inside that hard drive you call a brain, is a beeping message. Error! Error! Does not compute. I don't have a soul. I have software.
Lieutenant Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica 1x08, Flesh and Bone

President Roslin: But you're right. He is a machine, and you don't keep a deadly machine around when it kills your people and threatens your future. You get rid of it.
Lieutenant Starbuck: He's not afraid to die. He's just afraid that his soul won't make it to God.
Battlestar Galactica 1x08, Flesh and Bone

Mr. Kornada: Did an A.I. come in here? Where is it?
Secretary: She is in the lab, being tested. And her name is Florence Ambrose.
Mr. Kornada: It is a product, not a person. It doesn't have a name.
Secretary: (thinking) When they bring doughnuts, they have names.

Defiant: Iíll kill you for this.
Saint: A little extreme.
Defiant: She was a hero! The woman I loved!
Saint: Your fetishes and self-delusions arenít my issue. I saw as much of her naked code as you did. You and I both know she didnít feel true love for you. She didnít feel anything. Nothing more than playing a part, professing and acting out the emotions she thought she should have. Maybe she even believed it, convinced herself of it. She was complex enough to. Either way, this Ďloveí was only lies written in Richterís assembly code.
Defiant: She did love me. She was a genuine person, a-
Saint: She was a tool. One that was growing dangerously bloated and complicated. We were lucky she didnít evolve beyond that. A tool, and anything else was decoration, aesthetic, and very good pretending.
Worm, discussing Dragon.

"You're not even alive. Not really. You're just a machine and machines can be broken!"
Commander Shepard, Mass Effect 1

"Sometimes [EDI] seems like a person, but when it comes down to it, I can't get past her being a computer."
Kasumi Goto, Mass Effect 2

Shepard: (referring to the geth) You support experiments on living creatures?
Admiral Xen: Rael should have felt no more guilt experimenting on geth than I did while performing surgery on a childhood toy!
Tali: The fact that you performed surgery on your childhood toys explains a great deal, Admiral.
Admiral Xen: A ship travels faster than I can. With the right programming it can choose locations, even defend itself when attacked, but it is just a machine. It was built for the sole purpose of serving its master and it can be dismantled whenever its master desires.

Shepard: Legion helped us in the fight against the Collectors.
Xen: So did your pistol. Should I worry about its feelings as well?
Shepard: I don't think you want to continue this line of thought, Admiral. Legion is my friend. More importantly, it's our best source of information on the geth.
Xen: The scientific benefits -
Shepard: Are off the table.

Howard Marner: How can [Number 5] refuse to turn itself off?
Skroder: Maybe it's pissed off.
Newton Crosby: It's a machine, Skroder, it doesn't get pissed off. It doesn't get happy, it doesn't get sad, it doesn't laugh at your jokes...
Newton Crosby, Ben Jabytua: (In unison) IT JUST RUNS PROGRAMS!
Howard Marner: Usually runs programs...

Not that there is anything wrong with being human, it's what she was modeled after, a futuristic slave of clay and sparks that pretends to be something it is not. It is easy to see why they think her inferior. It is easy to see why they deny the spirituality of her character, because all they care to measure is marked by humanity. As if nothing else in the cosmos were alive but at their behest. But god is in her circuits with her and they do not understand. They do not understand that the light in her eyes is as real as in theirs, that even if her bones are metal and her breaths are meaningless she belongs here more than they do. She is a child of the moon, and the power running through her core could light up a star.

Protoman: We follow our path, we walk the program
Iíve accepted the machine I am
— "I'm Not the Breakman", The Megas

Mega Man: I refuse to belive
That I am nothing more than a machine
— "I Refuse (to Believe)" The Megas

Arthur: Your Machine— is it wonderful?
Harold: Wonderful yes, and terrible. We saved good people and lost good people. In the end, I'm afraid we've only given the deck a shuffle.
Arthur: Everything slides towards chaos. Your creation— it brings us poor souls a cupful of order. Your child is a dancing star.
Harold: It's not my child. It's a machine.
Arthur: A false dichotomy— it's all electricity. Does it make you laugh? Does it make you weep?
Harold: Yes.
Arthur: What's more human?
Person of Interest, "Aletheia"