Cellular Automata for Pattern Creation
Autonomous software bots can create complex, colorful digital patterns. You just have to tell them what to do.
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 ...