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Simple Rules Create Cellular Automata

Complex Adaptive Systems: 9 Cellular Automaton – [] In this video we are going to discuss cellular automata, we will firstly talk about what they are before looking at a classical example, we will then discuss individually the different classes of patterns that cellular automata can generate before wrapping-up with a talk about their significance […]

Complex Order From Simple Interactions

“Emergence” is when simple components interact in simple ways but more complex properties, processes, and behavior emerge that were not part of the original pieces or their properties and behavior. Complexity emerges spontaneously in natural systems around us all the time. Ant colonies, birds flocking, chemical interactions, crystallization, traffic flow, and the automata from the […]

Software That Creates Hardware

All of our work at chiseling shapes out of matter originates with an idea of something. Then we find a way to manifest that idea through some technique of manipulating energy and matter. We “see” patterns in the swirl of the world around us and decide to recreate that pattern in a new form. The […]

Cheap Kilobot Swarms

Kilobots are small, cheap robots that move around on their slender stick-like legs by vibrating them. It takes about five minutes to build one and each once costs only $14. They are currently powered by small lithium-ion batteries which can supply a charge for three hours. Each Kilobot transmits an infrared light which allows other […]

A Taxonomy of Gods

We often wonder how the universe was created and if it has a purpose. Cosmology attempts to create mathematical and astronomical models that explain the physics of creating a universe. A taxonomy is a classification scheme that often attempts to not only classify things we know, but also to be expandable to include things we […]

Nano Self Assembly

Nanotechnology must develop new tools that operate at a level where little manipulation by humans has ever been possible. Self assembly shows that complex structures can be created from simple rules and actions. By combining these two disciplines, it is becoming possible to build the tools that nanotechnology needs to move forward. World first to […]

Cellular Automata

John Conway’s “Game of Life” involves simple patterns of cells on a grid that modify and reproduce themselves according to rules regarding their neighboring cells. At times, the rules and patterns can combine to create interestingly complex results that appear to grow and evolve. This is a simple example of cellular automata. Cellular automata can […]

Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is the process used by groups of organisms or systems or agents to self organize into collective behavior that exhibits some level of intelligent activity. Swarms of insects often seem to act as an intelligent whole, even though the actual intelligence level of each bug is observed to be quite low. Most versions […]

Self Organizing

If, when something is left to itself it tends to become more organized, we describe that something as “self-organizing”. This is most commonly studied in the field of cellular automata, which involves very simple programming rules that have the ability to produce quite complex output. Cellular automata is used to model developmental growth patterns that […]