[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
There was once a real demonstration of this sort of
Monkeys Typing Shakespeare
A computer that wasn't being used too much -- the
equivalent of several stadiums of monkeys pounding at
typewriters for 24 hours a day, I suspect -- tried to
match "to be or not to be, that is the question". When
I looked, the "monkeys" had only 30% percent right
after 8 months.
But -- what if the monkeys get to keep a letter if
they get it right, and the number of unknown letters
keeps decreasing? Better yet, what if the monkeys
looked for, instead of letters, words of the necessary
length, and got to keep those as before? The problem
gets a lot easier. Someone else can do the math.
This is the sort of thing that people who say "life on
earth is as likely as an explosion in a junkyard
creating a Boeing 747" are ignoring. I never thought
my native USA state, Kansas, could be so stupid, but
they passed a law requiring creationism to be taught
along with evolution in the schools. (What is
creationism, anyway? "God created the world"? It
really doesn't say much.) I believe that Kansas is
taking the law off the books.
Adams Douglas wrote:
> Now, write a massively parallel Net client application similar to Seti@Home or the
> Internet Prime Search (see http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/ and
> http://www.mersenne.org/prime.htm). Each client has a subset of dictionaries and is
> issued different substitution-cipher copies of Voynich text by the central controlling
> server. The search runs 24/7 automatically on millions of machines.