|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.