Friday Fun – Infinite Monkey Theorem

The Infinite Monkey Theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. In fact the monkey would almost surely type every possible finite text an infinite number of times. However, the probability that monkeys filling the observable universe would type a complete work such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet is so tiny that the chance of it occurring during a period of time hundreds of thousands of orders of magnitude longer than the age of the universe is extremely low (but technically not zero).

Great! I’m sure you don’t need infinite monkeys… How many are enough? Where can I find these monkeys? And can I pay them in bananas? If you’re a smart movie executive reading this, you should get on this!

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