Major Motoko Kusanagi: "You talk about redefining my identity. I want a guarantee that I can still be myself."
Puppet Master: "There isn't one. Why would you wish to? All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you."
Chief Nakamura: "Nonsense! There's no proof at all that you are a living, thinking life form!"
Puppet Master: "And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?"
"There are countless ingredients that make up the human body and mind, like all the components that make up me as an individual with my own personality. Sure I have a face and voice to distinguish myself from others, but my thoughts and memories are unique only to me, and I carry a sense of my own destiny. Each of those things are just a small part of it. I collect information to use in my own way. All of that blends to create a mixture that forms me and gives rise to my conscience. I feel confined, only free to expand myself within boundaries."
Chief Aramaki: "What is it? Artificial intelligence?"
Puppet Master: "Incorrect. I am not AI. My codename is project two-five-zero-one. I am a living, thinking entity that was created in the sea of information."
"If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation. What's true for the group is also true for the individual. It's simple: Overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It's slow death."
"I refer to myself as an intelligent life form because I am sentient and I am able to recognize my own existence, but in my present state I am still incomplete. I lack the most basic processes inherent in all living organisms: reproducing and dying."