John, could you clarify whether you mean 'Turing machine' where it says 'Touring machine'? (This may give me time to come up with an 'answer'.) Donal One post to go already Salop ________________________________ From: John Wager <jwager@xxxxxxxxxx> To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, 11 January 2012, 0:13 Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: The Answering Machine 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?