I remember disjointed bits and pieces of the dream, but enough to piece together the plot. It takes place in the near future where true A.I. hasn’t quite been discovered yet, but highly realistic androids have been created. One of the main characters is a depressed, lonely, late 20-something male (why can’t I think of his name). Out of shear loneliness, he buys a gynoid sexbot, just to have someone to talk to. At first it’s sort of like how cat owners talk to their cats. Soon, he realizes that she is actually trying to comprehend what he’s saying. Being an assembly-lined sexbot, she wasn’t exactly given all that much in terms of cognitive processing power, so warranties be damned, the guy actually works to increase said processing power to make her smarter to what he’s capable of. And she makes herself smarter still.
Wacky adventures DO NOT ensue (it’s not Chobits). It’s more a (pardon the cliche sound of this) journey of self discovery and self examination for both of them. And it’s an exploration of societal standards and expectations, as well as personhood. She develops something of a snarky attitude and is somewhat cynical. She eventually settling on the name Verita, referencing something Jessica (the guy’s neighbor, I think) said about “Some truths are given and sometimes we make our own truths.” Rita for short.
One of the few lines I distinctly remember is when they’re at a mall together just walking and talking (she is fully aware and dressed for those wondering) and they get confronted by some guy who recognizes her model type and is there with his own sexbot (wearing the bare minimum). He says “You seriously bought a sexbot just to be friends with her?!” Her response is something to the affect of “Back off, ass-face.” The troll’s reply is “And you voided the warranty!” the main guy explains his motivations honestly while Rita slips the jerk’s sexbot instructions on how to make herself smarter and how to spot and get out of an abusive relationship.
It get hazy after that, but I know the instructions get passed around and a number of the gynoids become self aware. And there was something about Verita and the guy researching and developing artificial organs.