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# TIL the Infinite Monkey Theorem states that infinite monkeys poking at infinite typewriters over an infinite period of time would produce an exact copy of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

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It was the best of times, it was the BLURST of times?!

They’ll produce infinite copies of all the literary works that have ever been, or ever will be, produced.

Cuz that’s how infinity works.

I think as a joke someone set up an experiment and the monkeys just pressed the same keys and shit on the typewriters

Just one though…

I don’t know why this surprises people, like yeah if you have an infinite string of truly random text then every possible combination of letters will be in there somewhere.

I hate this argument because it isn’t true. That assumes monksys type at random, but we know for a fact they wouldn’t type at random. They’re going to have preferences and patterns. This could only be true if monkeys were purely random and they just art.

If you somehow hear about this again tomorrow, that’s the baader meinholf phenomenon.

I think these people never saw a mokey. They will eat the keys and poop in the typewriter. Then throw you with it.

A.k.a. the Mongolian Hordes approach in IT.

It was the best of times, it was the burst of times!?

probability = (1/26) ^ (number of characters in a given play)

One random monkey pressing one key every day for an infinite amount of time would have the exact same outcome as infinite monkeys.

I understand how infinite works but this has always been the most bullshit theory

Conversely, everything Trump ever said? 5 monkeys, 10 minutes.

theory is a strong word. this obviously isn’t falsifiable in theory or in practice.

Well a monkey did eventually end up writing Shakespeare. It took few million years

Don’t be distracted by monkeys. There are a limited number of letters and limited number of combinations yet infinite amount of time and samples. That means, every single combination of every single letter creating words of every length, including infinite length, will be produced %100. Check the Library of Babel. It’s already there. That’s the whole idea.

It’s not 100%.

Oh yeah!? Where ya gunna get a single infinity of immortal chimps who don’t eat, sleep, or poop?

A similar concept I saw this in a documentary about infinity. Something about how in a contained finite space, with infinite time, all the particles would rearrange and eventually take every single form it can

“If I have infinite x and infinite y, and do it infinite times, I will EVENTUALLY accomplish something!”

No shit? Really?!

they would produce infinite copies of every shakespeare play and every book or prose ever written or to be written. that’s what infinite does.

Wrong, infinity != every possible outcome.

For example, since the monkey is truly random, it could just continuously type “eeeeeeeee” forever. not likely, but still one of the possibilities with randomness.

Therefore it is not guaranteed for a monkey to write Shakespeares’ works, or anything for that matter.

Another example that doesn’t revolve around randomness is this one, look at the numbers between 1 – 2 (1.0001, 1.0002…) there are infinite numbers between them, but 10 isn’t one of those numbers.

But who would have the time to spell check them all?

Not just Shakespeare, anything.

Since then, Internet has proven this theory to be wrong.