2 Girls 1 Podcast LIBRARY OF BABEL

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Everything you’ll ever say, think, or write is already in this online library

Get ready to question your own free will.


Matt Silverman


Posted on Jan 28, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:31 pm CDT

If you do enough math, you can generate every combination of letters and numbers possible. Most of the results will be gibberish, but they will also contain Shakespeare, Harry Potter, the unpublished final Game of Thrones book, your sixth-grade diary, the actual cure for cancer, and every email and text message anyone has ever sent—or will ever send—ever.

Even the words I’m typing right now already exist somewhere in the Library of Babel, an algorithm conceived by evil genius/literature student Jonathan Basile.

This is the digital equivalent of “infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters” eventually writing Hamlet. But when you see it in action, live on the internet, you will question your own free will and doubt the very concept of original thought.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) speak to Basile about the inspiration for this terrifying project and the deep existential panic it causes.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

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*First Published: Jan 28, 2019, 10:35 am CST