[lit-ideas] Re: The Answering Machine

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:20:02 +0900

A Turing machine and an answering machine differ in one fundamental way. An
answering machine is limited to a finite set of answers (typically with
only one member). A Turing machine shares with human beings the ability to
generate an infinite number of different answers, thanks to combinatorics
and recursion.


John McC

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM, John Wager <jwager@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  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?

John McCreery
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