monkey at a typewriter

There is a cliche that gets trotted out endlessly when a less well-known player does something wonderful: if Messi had scored that we would be banging on about it for weeks. It’s not true; in fact, at times it feels like the opposite is true: Messi has made the remarkable so routine that it stops being so remarkable. It’s just him doing what he does. There’s not much new to say; all the good words ran out some time ago. Even swearing won’t do now.

They say you could get a thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters and they would eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Maybe, but you could get a thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters – God knows, the Spanish sports media have tried – and they still wouldn’t come up with much that was new to describe Messi. Pep Guardiola was right when he said: “Don’t write about him – watch him.” +

anonymous asked:

I like that paradox too , what about your favorite thought experiment?

Probably the “Infinite monkey theorem”, if not just for the name alone. The basic idea is that if you have a monkey sit and randomly type keys on a typewriter for long enough, the monkey will eventually type out all of Shakespeare’s great works. It should also be said that over an infinite amount of time, the monkey will write every possible combination of letters and words possible. Every book, the script, every poem, every text, and anything else imaginable would be produced from nothing but randomness and time.

For some reason, this thought experiment really reminds me of the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, my favorite book. I guess it’s the idea that order comes out of randomness, or something along those lines. Either way, it just strikes a chord with me.

“if you have infinite monkeys and infinite typewriters eventually the monkeys will type the works of shakespeare” boring. dull. lets think of cool new things the monkeys can do. like

assemble the typewriters into giant robots that the monkeys can fight in


Beberapa akhir ini nonton salah satu serial yang cukup horor dari jepang, namanya “Umineko no naku koro ni”. Intinya mereka tentang serial horor dari seorang penyihir yang membunuh satu keluarga namun ada salah seorang yang ingin membuktikan bahwa pembunuhan itu murni pembunuhan biasa dengan dibuktikan beberapa logika tertentu. Disana ada salah satu teori unik, namanya  “ Infinite monkey theorem” (yang cukup kaget di wikipedia juga menyatakan ada teori seperti itu), teori itu berbunyi seperti ini
“ 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 ” (Wikipedia,2016)
Dan pada umineko memakai teori itu untuk menggambrkan bagaimana sebuah keajaiban bekerja. Kalian pasti pernah melihat bagaimana seorang yang tak memiliki pengalaman apapun bisa sukses sedangkan orang yang pintarnya nggak keterlaluan malah gagal di suatu tahap titik tertentu dalam kehidupan. Nah, salah satunya bisa dijelaskan dengan teori itu. Ketika seekor monyet diberikan sebuah mesin ketik untuk mengetikkan sutu kata yang kalian inginkan dengan waktu yang tak terbatas (infinite), monyet itu pasti bisa mengetikkan kata tersebut “persis” meskipun peluangnya sangat kecil dengan waktu yang tak tentu. Seperti halnya sebuah keajaiban, kalian yang tidak berpikiran apapun dan terus mengetik secara random, kalian akan mendapat satu kata “M.I.R.A.C.L.E” dengan waktu yang tak tentu (karena infinite) dan peluang sangat kecil. Bentuk dari mengetik secara random itu adalah usaha kita, sedangkan monyet yang sedang mengetik itu adalah bentuk keteguhan hati dan pikiran kita. Jika kita terlalu banyak berpikir dan takut akan melangkah, pada akhirnya kalian malah tidak mengetikkan kata apapun disana, apalagi kata-kata yang kalian inginkan (yang berwujud harapan kalian). Sedangkan, jika kalian berteguh dan mempunyai ketertarikan setidaknya menyentuh mesin ketik itu, mungkin kalian akan membuat banyak kesalahan (mengetik secara random). Sekalipun kalian memiliki peluang yang sangat kecil, jika setidaknya kalian berani menyentuh tombol-tombol itu, kalian akan secara bertahap menemukan apa yang kalian harapkan, salah satunya “M.I.R.A.C.L.E”. Jadi, jangan berharap keajaiban itu datang, tapi jadilah keajaiban itu sendiri. Cheers ;)

2 Februari 2017
Mojokerto, Jawa Timur

cryptoking  asked:

The thought experiment of the infinite moneys trying randomly at a keyboard reminded me of a story, have you heard of the library of babel by borges? I would strongly recommend looking up the audio reading on YouTube. It's not a super long story but I find hearing the words easier to comprehend then reading them

I have! In fact, you can read any book within the library of babel online here. It’s a really fun site! Like in the story, the vast majority of pages are pure gibberish, but it also lets you search for keywords, and shows you which book it first appears in.

Headcannon: the monkey with the typewriter was the author of all the books in the library of babel.

  • Danny: You know how they say if you leave a bunch of monkey's in a room with typewriters for a long enough period of time, they'll write Shakespeare?
  • Arin: Am I the monkey? And is this Shakespeare?
  • Danny: No, that's what I was going to say: if they left us in a room for the rest of our lives to play this level...we would not beat it. We are not as good as typewriting monkeys.
Short story: The Infinity Library

Dedicated to Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, with many thanks, on World Book Day March 5th 2015.

Next to the infinitely large room in which an infinite number of monkeys hammer away at their typewriters, producing such deathless prose as “Shall I compère thee, Thora Summers-Day?”, the Infinity Library stores and catalogues the books the monkeys, and all other writers, produce. It is not, it should be noted, staffed by monkeys, as the task of a librarian is nothing as simple, frivolous and carefree as the task of a writer.

To this library came a girl. She entered via the large main doors, paused for a moment to look around, to the shelves at the left, to the reading tables at the right, then walked up to the main desk and stood there in silence, waiting to be noticed. The current duty librarian glanced at her, held up a remarkably long finger, said “Ook” quietly, and shuffled off. After waiting for a minute, the girl pulled a book out of her bag, and began reading.

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  • CUSTOMER: You know how they say that if you gave a thousand monkeys typewriters, then they’d eventually churn out really good writing?
  • BOOKSELLER: . . . yes
  • CUSTOMER: Well, do you have any books by those monkeys?
  • BOOKSELLER: . . .”
  • - Jen Campbell, Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops

Infinite Monkey Theorem states that monkeys with typewriters and infinite amount time could produce the entire works of Shakespeare. This theorem was tried out in real life, but only for a month. The six monkeys wrote five pages of S, slammed the keyboard with a stone and took a shit on it.


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