There are a lot of odds that it may be real.
Why ?
It's the idea of an infinity of monkeys typing at keyboards and one of them will eventually write a shakespear poem.
I'm a programmer and I have worked quite a bit with random values - and if you watch them carefully you will be surprised of the results you can get some very few times.
I've always loved that infinite monkeys thing, because everyone seems to interpret it wrong.
If you have an infinite number of monkeys typing on an infinite number of typewriters, an infinite amount of them will produce the complete works of Shakespeare.
You'll also get an infinite amount of Shakespeare manuscripts where every mention of the word "lady" has been flawlessly changed to "whore" or something.
Infinity is weird.
Here's an easier experiment (needs programming).
Generate a random printable ascii characters (you can just take from A to Z and spacebars) and write them to a file until it gets up to 2GB (will probably need some processing time before it gets there). Create 5-10 of these files.
Start searching for random words in the files. I bet you can find at least one coherent sentence in those files.
Ahh man I don't know a thing about programming. Could you get it to keep generating characters until it produces a certain sentence, though? That would be pretty cool.
Now what you need to do is create a new file, give it any name you want .html and copy paste this stuff in it. Then open it in your browser and Ta daa !
I don't think you've quite understood the "infinite" part.
There's a finite chance that the complete works of Shakespeare will be written.
There are infinite monkeys.
It's going to happen.
Just because something is super likely to happen, doesnt mean it will happen.
Granted, it almost definitely will, but its not 100% guaranteed.
Flip a coin 100 times, it could always come up tails, super unlikely, but possible. Do it an infinite amount of times it could still infinitely come up tails. Granted, its ridiculously unlikely, almost not worth considering, but its not guaranteed to happen
I totally agree with that for finite arguments, but does it apply to infinite situations?
Taking the coin, for example, the probability of getting all heads in n throws in 1/(2^n)
Which is fine, and no matter how many throws you take, 1/(2^n) will still be a real number. But as n -> infinity, 1/(2^n) -> 0?
In maths you take it as zero because its so close to zero you could consider it zero and be fine. Its like Pi is like inifnitely long, but you can round up to like 3.14 and it wont matter for common uses.
All I am saying is its a common missunderstanding about that saying. It doesnt mean it will 100% happen, just like 99.9 recuring % gonna happen. So even though its super super likely, its not definitely going to happen. Although you would presume it would.
Yeah, approaches zero. Because n is only approaching infinity. But if n equals infinity (which I know is a very messy concept but stick with it), then what?
And just as a side note, not that it really matters, but in maths 99.9 recurring is equal to 100. ;)
It will happen and we can DEFINITELY say it will happen. Obviously the amount of time it will take to happen will be tremendous but it will happen, if its a possibility, it will happen and as CaptainPugwash said it will happen an infinite amount of times with slight changes! which is crazy amazing!!
I literally love the fact that if you consider that distance is infinite, then space is also infinite, then this planet is replicated in its entirety, an infinite amount of times out there! there's an infinite amount of 'me's writing this to you and there's also those with slight differences like I'm actually able to talk to the opposite sex! gah im struggling to comprehend that one though.
I get what youre trying to say but it literally does mean its true, infinity is never ending even when it has happened there is still never ending after that for it to still happen and it will happen, if possible of course.
I get what youre suggesting but its wrong, think about what youve just said 'an infinite time later' that is a completely void statement as infinity can never be finite and any portion of time is negligible to infinity.
This is a very simplified representation of what im saying but stick with me! lets you have a bag of a million couloured balls, 1 red and 999999 black. If you pick a ball out its a 1/1000000 chance of being red so obviously every time you pick a ball out its pretty much going to be black if you did this for a whole day (putting the ball back in everytime) its pretty much going to be a black ball everytime. However if you do this for an infinite amount of time all possibilities have to happen! if its possible it will happen so the red ball will be picked out an infinite amount of times.
Youre claiming of 'it can infinitely never happen' would only be true for a finite amount of time or if it were an impossible occurrence. Every possible outcome will happen in an infinite amount of time, if there is a chance of it happening it has to happen in an infinite amount of time! there is literally no falsity to what im saying!
ahhhh!!! it literally does, everything that can happen will happen in infinity! if it comes to a googolplex amount of years and it still hasnt happened there is still an infinite 'googolplex's of time for it to stil happen and if after a googolplex * googolplex of time later it still hasnt happened there is still an infinite amount of time for it to happen! it will happen! guaranteed because you can never measure it not happening because youd be cutting the time to a finite amount!
But that's an entirely different argument? that has no cause over whether something happens in an infinite amount of time! and if n approaches infinity then approaching one does mean 1 as if n was infinity (which cant happen of course) then it would be 1 and that is it reaching the complete outcome, which it cant because infinity is never ending of course, but that doesnt take away from the fact it equals 1
tends to infinity. you keep overlooking that bit! you can never reach infinity, therefore the answer will never reach the number one per se but will equal 1
It may have happened, but if you've seen the speed at which those commands zip by on the screen, you're dealing with a whole different situation. It's like if they were cybernetically enhanced monkeys that were typing at superhuman speeds, and everything the keyboards print disintegrate after a short period of time, so anyone monitoring the monkey's work has only a split-second in order to observe that they did indeed type the entire works of Shakespeare, before it's gone forever. And they have take a picture of it in that split second, despite watching the monkeys for hours, maybe days.
tl;dr: It's definitely possible, but it's an insanely small chance that the names created that phrase, AND someone screencapped it before they scrolled away.