if P=NP, could a computer write essays and novels?

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  • 8 years ago
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    No. If there existed a polynomial time algorithm for determining if a novel was good, then with P=NP a computer could in a sense try all possible sequences of words and determine if any of them was a good novel, and output that one. But there does not exist any known algorithm, polynomial or otherwise, for determining if a novel is good.

    Of course if you don't require that it be good, I think a computer could write a novel today.

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