Meanwhile, outside the Matrix, “Typing Monkeys Don’t Write Shakespeare:”
Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, the theory goes, and they will eventually produce the works of Shakespeare.
Give six monkeys one computer for a month, and they will produce a mess.
Researchers at Plymouth University in England reported this week that primates left alone with a computer attacked the machine and failed to produce a single word….
Eventually, monkeys Elmo, Gum, Heather, Holly, Mistletoe and Rowan produced five pages of text, composed primarily of the letter S. Later, the letters A, J, L and M crept in– not quite literature.
Phillips said the project– funded by England’s Arts Council rather than by scientific bodies– was intended more as performance art than scientific experiment.
Thanks to Nancy for the citation!