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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Source: Hi! Monkey.net
Eventually, The monkey will type Shakespeare. Hi! Monkey! dot net.
have selected to comment this haiku poem because it is striking (as it
relates to primates and intelligence). For some background, a haiku is a
form of poetry popularized by Japanese writers, featuring a short,
cutting style with a 5-7-5 arrangement of syllables (...not exactly
syllables, but really distinct phonetic sounds). Regardless, this haiku
by Jennifer is very interesting because it captures the spirit of the
primate (seemingly jumpy and energetic) with a highly conceptual theory.
The theory associated with typing Shakespeare is called the "infinite
monkey theorem". This theory states that given enough time ("eventually"
from the haiku), a monkey could reproduce a text from William
Shakespeare. This theory assumes that a monkey typing on a keyboard is
the equivalent to random typing, and a mathematical formula shows that
with enough time, the combinations will provide something extraordinary.
This theory made news last September as a software developer is putting
the theory to the test, Digital monkeys with typewriters recreate Shakespeare(CNN.com). Finally, the writer closes by including the website link of the poem in the haiku itself (which I find silly, but very clever).