Virtual monkeys, typewriters and Shakespeare

Virtual monkeys have randomly re-created Shakespeare’s poem, A Lover’s Complaint along with 99.99% of Shakespeare’s other works.

US programmer Jesse Anderson set up the project in August 2011 to test the theory that monkeys randomly smashing at typewriters would eventually re-create works by Shakespeare.

However, instead of real monkeys, Anderson used Hadoop, Amazon EC2, and Ubuntu Linux to create “virtual” monkeys.

Downtime thinks it’s only a matter of time before the monkeys re-write Computer Weekly articles.

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