I enjoyed the story, only wish it had been a bit longer. It reminded me a little bit of Millenium Man, where Robin Williams played a household robot who kept getting upgrades to become more "human" including getting feelings. He almost outlived all the family that he loved, but that is another story. In this one, Avey (nickname for AVI which stands for artificial something intelligence) is a household drone, going about its duties for the family who bought it from Walmart in New Jersey (I liked that touch). Eventually, all the AVIs are recalled for a so-called upgrade to add a pain-sensing function, with the belief that the fear of pain will keep these machines subservient to humans, as the balance of intelligence on the planet shifts from human to artificial. Had they only left well enough alone but, no, people have to go and muck things up.