Conway's Game of Life
The experiment Conway's Game of Life demonstrates the emergence of an complex behavior of a system which consists only of very simple entities. Each pixel represents a cell which can either be alive or dead. For every generation the following simple rules are evaluated for each cell:
- If a cell is alive and has fewer than two living neighbors then it dies, as if by loneliness.
- If a cell is alive and has more than three living neighbors then it dies, as if by overcrowding.
- If a cell is alive and has two or three living neighbors then it will survive to the next generation.
- If a dead cell has exactly three living neighbours then it will come to life.
The initial state is set by random. Despite of these simple rules the global behavior of the system is surprisingly complex.
If you watch it a while you may find this friend
in it's natural environment.