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Conway's Game of Life

Conway's Game of Life is not a game, but it demonstrates emergence; how many small elements interacting can lead to interesting patterns on a higher level.

How to use
Click to draw a new square.
Press ENTER/RETURN to clear.
Press SPACE to start or stop.
Press right arrow to step forward one generation.

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Conway's Game of Life


Half-Real, chapter 3.