Gnarly CAs:

Cellular Automata for Pattern Creation


Autonomous software bots can create complex, colorful digital patterns. You just have to tell them what to do.

By Rudy Rucker


Cellular automata (CAs) are single-celled digital life forms that grow inside computer memory like bacteria, creating complex, beautiful patterns that you can copy-paste onto web pages and even onto clothing. They’re easy to make, because they literally make themselves.

I find CAs fascinating in the same way that I used to love lava lamps — or blobby analog light shows in ...

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