It has been said that a million monkeys hitting the keyboard randomly would eventually produce all of the works of Shakespeare. I read somewhere that someone actually tried this experiment, though with a lot fewer monkeys, and the results were far from random and did not even produce the writings of Harold Robbins. It seems that real monkeys are fond of certain letters and will tend to pound the same key over and over again.
Moreover, the concept of producing meaningful text from random letters is inherently flawed. The monkey would first have to be lucky enough to pound the letters in the right combination to produce a real English word. Once that happened, the monkey would have to hit the jack pot again and again, otherwise the budding sentence would end with a random series of letters. However, even if the monkey managed to creat a series of actual words, through nothing but random text generation, the odds would be against those words meaning anything or following the rules of grammar. In other words, even if the monkey produces words by typing randomly, those words have to be thematically linked, and in the right order for the sentence to be meaningful. The odds are astronomoically high against any hypothetical monkey randomly producing any meaningful text, let alone exactly duplicating the works of Shakespeare word for word.
Fortunately, we don't need monkeys. We can program computers to generate random text from a vocabulary, and even follow grammatical rules. The results are often funny, while at other times you have to wonder there might actually be the soul of a poet trapped inside the computer.
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