[lit-ideas] Re: The Answering Machine

  • From: John Wager <jwager@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:13:14 -0600

Donal McEvoy wrote:
"And indeed the phone itself is simply a vehicle of communication that
itself does not communicate, so it is doubly wrong an expression as we do not
answer the phone but respond to the person ringing."
Would that mean the same thing for a "Touring machine?" Is it an "answering machine" as well
that is only a means to respond to the person "ringing" the machine?

Is ANY machine that is programmed by people basically a complicated "answering machine" that allows communication between two human parties, or is a Touring machine somehow NOT an "answering machine" even if it's been programmed by someone in a more complicated way than
(but basically similar to) a phone answering machine?

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