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Cellular Autonoma it's a simulation?

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I was just wondering what are the basic rules of making a simulation of Cellular Autonoma I saw a video of it and it was cool. But didn't really get much of the details of how it worked given I had no sound for the vid. All I know is it's a simulation with very basic rules of neighboring neighboors that multiply, die, depending on how many is surrounded by them. Please help I would like to make it in java, and if one already exist I would like to see it.

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I think the only "rules" of a cellular automaton are that each cell lives or dies based only on the state of its neighbors.

The most famous one, Conway's Game Of Life, uses a 23/3 rule. That notation means that if a cell is on, and it has 2 or 3 neighbors that are on, it survives (otherwise it dies). If an empty cell has exactly 3 neighbors that are on, it turns on.

There are other rules, but it's tough to find a rule that is as interesting as 23/3. With most rules, the population either dies out quickly or grows out of control.

As usual, Wikipedia is a great resource:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conways_Life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_automaton

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