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You continue to misrepresent the truth
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 26 2012 @ 04:27 PM EDT
A Turing machine is a Turing machine. It can play Tape A or it can play Tape B.
In either case, it remains a Turing machine.

A DVD player is a DVD player. It could play a Billy Joel DVD, or an Elton John
DVD. It is still a DVD player regardless.

A player piano is a player piano. It could play a Billy Joel piano part, or it
could play an Elton John piano part. The player piano remains a player piano.

A General Purpose Computational Platform remains a General Purpose Computational
Platform, regardless of what content you choose to play on it.

That is a simple scientific fact. It remains true, whether you wish it to be or
not.

You either misrepresent the truth because you cannot grasp it, or because you
have an agenda.

Which is it?

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[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

these changes do not make a new machine
Authored by: nsomos on Thursday, July 26 2012 @ 04:58 PM EDT
If you move the gearshift in the car/truck, the machine
has changed, but it is NOT a new machine. If I display
new images on a display, the display has changed, but it
is NOT a new machine. The fact that there are changes
are part of the design of the machine. These changes are
what make the machine useful. These changes do NOT make
it a new machine.

I daresay you would be hard pressed to find a useful
machine that did NOT undergo some changes as part and
parcel of it being useful. But by your crazy reasoning
every change in the machine makes it a new machine.

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

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