|John Horton Conway computer science|
Conway’s Game of Life
- Each square of this
- two-dimensional universe
- can be born, live, or die.
- With exactly three neighbors, it’s born.
- With two or three neighbors, it lives.
- With fewer than two or more than three, it dies.
- As their god, you scatter living squares
- and then you watch them die, live, and be born
- in interesting and unpredictable patterns.
Variations of life
- Patterns may persist without changing,
- may oscillate, and may move through space.
- An oscillator may have a period of 2 or more.
- A pattern that grows may stabilize,
- may eventually die out altogether,
- or may grow without limit.
- It may begin to repeat itself after many iterations,
- or it may remain chaotic indefinitely.
- Many variations explore different rules,
- cells having different states, shapes,
- or colors, and living in different spaces.
- I have said interest is an emotional response
- to the recognition of hidden similarities and differences
- presented by either juxtaposition or implication.
- A dynamic system, natural or artificial,
- is inherently interesting if it’s unpredictable.
- We think we’re not unpredictable, but maybe we are.