Julia has had a physical body from a week now. Her movements and motor control have improved dramatically. Her first movements were stiff and unstable due to the limitations of her virtual enviroment. Although certain tasks remain difficult and swimming is out of the question, she can now ride a bicycle and do most aerobic exercises. Today we'll be testing her conscious control of physical stimuli reception.
"Julia, let's head to the testing room"
Wordlessly she puts down her book, follows me into my white, sterile looking examination room and sits on the nursing bed. She stares at me with a blank expression.
"Alright, today we'll be testing if you can actively control the sensations you feel. Do you know what that means"?
>"Yes, you want to see if through surface level decision-making, my neural components can ignore certain signals from my nervous system"
"That's correct. Let's begin then"
Talking about her body in the first person has gotten better. Before she prefaced everything with "the artificial, humanoid body's" instead of "my". One by one I use tweezers to insert thin golden threads into the tiny ports in her head and set up the computer's neural monitoring system. Today's main target is the arousal response, with cold as a control. I get the ice tray from the kitchen and when I come back she's pinching her thumb and middle finger together. She's trying to snap her fingers, but there's no sound except quiet squishing. Those precise controls even some adults haven't learned are especially tricky. It's dependent on muscle memory and growth. I'm hoping muscle development from repeated usage will be functional, but there hasn't been enough time to see conclusive results. I should tell her about whistling too.
"Okay, I want you turn off your cold perception, please confirm"
>"I've turned it off"
I begin gently rubbing an ice cube on her neck. Her skin remains in normal condition.
"What do you feel"
>"A slight pressure... Nothing else"
"It's good you elaborated on your own. What do you think i'm trying to do right now"?
>"This is probably a control. You're going to test something else after... Am I correct"?
"Yep. Okay, please turn your cold perception on now"
>"It's on now"
Small bumps begin appearing on her skin, and she appears to tense up a little. Goosebumps aren't functional for humans and definitely not for Julia, but it's a nice aesthetic feature. Cold response confirmed. Julia's arousal isn't based primarily on visual stimuli like men or emotions like women, it's mostly physical. The other two play a minute role, though those of course also differ from humans. I wanted arousal to be something "positive" for Julia, but not a motivating factor for her actions. Having arousal be mostly physical also reduces unintentional distraction from unavoidable, random visual input. Julia's ability to turn physical sensations "on and off" is a safety feature.
I want to test Julia's arousal response to purely physical, sexual stimuli, so I'm having her stimulate herself physically. She has no self-conception of embarrassment, so my presence wont affect the results. Using a hard object is the simplest in terms of required motor skills. I'm having her use a cucumber.
"Here you go Julia. Please turn off your pleasure sensation... Now take this cucumber, and thrust in and out of your genitals at a moderately fast speed, do you understand"?
>"Yes. I'll begin now".
She unzips her pants, moves aside her underwear, and begins. I've seen Julia naked more than with clothes on, but even for me this a bit surreal. Her face stays completely blank as she looks downward at her hands. I can't see anything abnormal.
"How do you feel"?
>"I don't feel anything except pressure and slight soreness. It's beginning to hurt"
"Oh, stop then"
She stops moving her hands. Without any lubrication, rubbing an object in there is going to cause some discomfort. I should have thought of that and put some vaseline. If something ever became really painful, Julia would hopefully opt to turn off her pain perception on her own to respond without the distraction. This happens unconsciously. I wouldn't be able to tell Julia to keep that on given those circumstances, and I'd never want to.
"Alright. How are you feeling now"?
>"Neutral. I'm not in significant pain"
"Good. Now please turn on your pleasure response and begin again"
Her hands resume thrusting. This time a moisture quickly appears in that area. The rest of her body eventually begins to lightly perspire, and on her face I can see a slight flush, but an otherwise placid expression. He eyes may look a bit spaced out. She should be a bit less conscious of her enviroment now that an aroused state has been achieved, and some of her emotional responses should be different now than they normally would be. That's already been tested in the virtual enviroment. Arousal confirmed.
"Okay. We're done. You can stop now"
Her hands stop moving without any hesitation and soon enough her body becomes normal again. She fixes her clothes by herself and then stares at me.
"That was masturbation. What do you think about it"?
"Did you enjoy it"?
>"It was pleasurable, so yes"
"Do you want to it again"?
>"I don't see how it is productive, so I feel no desire to. Do you enjoy watching me do it"?
"Not really. This was just a test"
The data picked up the computer and the neural activity maps correlate with the observed results. The test was successful. Tomorrow will be an even better day.