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The Infinite Monkey Theorem Experiment

The Infinite Monkey Theorem Experiment

Once again, The Pudding’s unique mix of creativity, nerdiness and perfect execution on display. An interactive explainer and a live experiment on the Infinite Monkey Theorem. Give a monkey an infinite amount of time and by randomly hitting keys on a typewriter, it will eventually produce any given text, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to, say, Bauer’s Weekly Filet #298. The same can be applied to playing notes on a piano. So, as you read this, The Pudding’s machine monkey is figuring out how to play the first notes of the US national anthem, working its way up to the iconic Nokia ringtone (estimated time of completion in around 30000 centuries).

Published in Weekly Filet #298