Prior art search for patents

Here is a « random patent generator« . The basic idea is to randomly generate ideas of inventions in the hope that they would constitute prior art capable of invalidating some of the stupid patents that get granted by patent offices. It is even inspiring some novel business models. Of course, it’s meant to be a joke and a surrealist poetry exercise.
But beyond the joke, random sentence generators that can be fed with corpus of documents raise questions about the nature of prior art in patenting issues, as the author of the random patent generator says. How far are we from leaving the domains of jokes and entering the domain of possible threats to the legal patent system?