TWITTER IS celebrating the anniversary of William Shakespeare's death by taking on the infinite monkeys and infinite typewriter challenge at the Globe theatre in London using a typewriter and a thing called Word for Word.
While we thought that the Globe would rather see this idea pursued off screen by a bear, it is actually backing the plans, and celebrated the non-monkey experiment on Twitter.
The Twitter experiment will be a lot cleaner than the simian-based version, we presume, involving fewer bananas and less opportunity to throw poo.
"Emile Borel's infinite monkey theorem suggests a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text...such as the complete works of William Shakespeare for example. Whilst that remains to be proven, here at Twitter we're putting a modern day twist on the idea - challenging a Twitter typewriter to source Tweets in real time in order to replicate the Bard's works," wrote Julia White, who appears to be head of media partnerships at Twitter.
"Working in partnership with the Globe theatre, the machine will be stationed in the foyer of the world famous Elizabethan playhouse from May 5."
Of course the stupid machine will not be able to do this all on its own, and when it falls at a word hurdle meaty, human people will be called in to assist in the completion of the text.
"Over a period of months, live Tweets will be sourced until the Complete Works, including all 37 plays and 154 sonnets, have been gradually revealed. The typewriter will stop when it cannot find the next word - at which point, the public will be asked to help out by tweeting it themselves, using the hashtag #TheCompleteTweets," added White.
"The ‘Word by Word' typewriter, which was conceptualised by Hiveworks and created by Pixie Labs for Twitter has been brought back to life to celebrate #Shakespeare400. The display includes the typewriter and a screen showing the manuscript in progress, working from the W.W. Norton definitive version of the text. Visitors can also see the play title, word count, the percentage of the work completed so far and the next word required, allowing them to follow along in real time." µ
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