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Welcome to a journey to the future!

Your journey will begin from next year and continue 20 years into the future. During your adventure the world may change and you have a chance to make an impact to it. Many things are still familiar even in the future worlds, some things appear almost permanent.

The simulation – just like the reality – also includes irrationality, sudden events and unexpected consequences. You can explore the future in the simulation as you wish and also make choices you might not think about in reality. In this simulation you can also go back and make a different choice – contrary to the real life.

Get a Life -futures simulation Welcome to a journey to the future! Your journey will begin from next year and continue 20 years into the future. During your adventure the world may change

Play John Conway’s Game of Life

Life Lexicon

This Life lexicon is compiled by Stephen A. Silver from various sources and may be copied, modified and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence. See the original credit page for all credits and the original download location. The styling has been adjusted to fit this website.

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John Conway’s Game of Life

The Game of Life is not your typical computer game. It is a cellular automaton, and was invented by Cambridge mathematician John Conway.

This game became widely known when it was mentioned in an article published by Scientific American in 1970. It consists of a collection of cells which, based on a few mathematical rules, can live, die or multiply. Depending on the initial conditions, the cells form various patterns throughout the course of the game.

Rules

Each cell with one or no neighbors dies, as if by solitude.

Each cell with four or more neighbors dies, as if by overpopulation.

Each cell with two or three neighbors survives.

Each cell with three neighbors becomes populated.

The Controls

Choose a pattern from the lexicon or make one yourself by clicking on the cells. The ‘Start’ button advances the game by several generations (each new generation corresponding to one iteration of the rules).

More information

In the first video, from Stephen Hawkings’ documentary The Meaning of Life, the rules are explained, in the second, John Conway himself talks about the Game of Life.

The Guardian published a nice article about John Conway.

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