Conway’s Game of Life is a classic. Invented by John Horton Conway about 1970, the ”zero player game” is a wonderful example of emergent behavior. Although each cell follows the same simple rules, wonderful patterns emerge. As time went on, the Game was shown to be Turing Complete, meaning any program could be represented as an initial state to Conway’s Game of Life given a large enough grid. That’s incredible !
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To assist you in observing Complex Emergent Life-Forms, please visit our Companion WebSite, which lists Still Lifes and Oscillators in order of naturally occuring frequency; so you can have an idea of how rare ( complex ) the objects you observe emerging really are.
A simple, single instance of Conway's game. Click and drag to add life.
A grid of Conway's with tools to configure and customize the rules of the game, and the display colors. You can also use "rule box mode" to add internal simulations; areas of the grid that follow their own rules.
The infinite sequence that started it all, in a satisfying rainbow color scheme. Best Demo Template.
The bottom quarter of this simulation is a little less survivable than the rest, which is regular Conway's. A single horizontal bar of life is drawn somewhere in that harsh environment, the result is a mesmerizing visualization that is a little different every time, and on every sceen size.
An experiment with many kinds of rules, building on top of the Rainbow simulation. Can you identify each of the zones and their rules?
With a randomized color scheme, this simulation draws six boxes of regular Conway's inside of an area with a kind of highly resilient life. The result reminds me of vines slowly engulfing a building with windows.
With a randomized color scheme, this simulation draws two boxes of regular Conway's inside of an area with a kind of highly resilient life. The two boxes will eventually stabilize, taking longer to do so than the six boxes above, which stabilize rather quickly, relatively speaking. This two box implementation is best for observing complex emergent life forms.
With a randomized color scheme, this simulation draws one box of regular Conway's inside of an area with a kind of highly resilient life. The box will eventually stabilize, taking longer to do so than the six boxes above, which stabilize rather quickly, relatively speaking. This one box implementation is best for observing complex emergent life forms, and is the opposite of the next simulation, Gliderville.
With an "Ivy Box" in the middle of the sceen, this simulation randomly spawns a bunch of "gliders". Eventually, one crashes into the "ivy box" which will then fill with life. This "Bubble Box" full of "ivy" continually peturbs the surrounding Conway's Universe. Another great portal to observe emergent behavior. I have never seen the "Bubble Box" stabilize, although it could, if you watch it long enough !
Two kinds of life (both small modifications of the Creeping Ivy) with different color schemes arranged in a checker board pattern. I love the way this simulation looks. Click on a square to kill all life in that square.
I call this "The Warhol". A three by three grid with random colors each playing the standard Conway's Game of Life.
AKA Channel Surfing. This simulation puts 16 simulations on the screen, each with randomly chosen rules. Every 5-10 seconds each simulation has it's rules and colors updated. Epilepsy warning: This simulation has lots of bright flashing lights.
A webform that you can use to make grids like Three by Three and Random Rules, or single simulations with different parameters for pixel size and refresh speed.
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