This is just mind blowing to me. The music is actually really good, I've been playing it on repeat and I just wish it could be longer.
I'm not going to provide a Youtube link, as it's really worth hearing in at least 320 kbps.
and the HN thread from 2011:
Fascinating to see it alongside Netflix's description of their gargantuan take on container scheduling :)
(originally at http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/reviews/wolfram/)
Wolfram's work with cellular automata is definitely interesting, and I really "A New Kind of Science". (Edit: I must also concede that I agree with the review "A Rare Blend of Monster Raving Egomania and Utter Batshit Insanity" cited by another comment here. Wolfram is a good read and a lot of fun, but I question the "science" in the book.)
I haven't re-read it recently to see how it holds up, but Steven Levy's "Artificial Life" (https://www.amazon.com/Artificial-Life-Frontier-Computers-Bi...) hooked me as a kid and set a direction for my future thought. It's not a technical book (which was frustrating to a 14 y/o kid with a programming background that wanted to see the technical details), but I think it would be very thought-provoking for someone new to the idea.
Ulam and von Neumann developed the concept of cellular automata working together at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Conway's Game of Life is a somewhat interesting 2d implementation.
"Very clever, young man, but it's virtual machines all the way down!"
courtesy of folliot and piumarta
The patterns are quite apparent when zoomed out, but on the actual BBC Micro the display area was 128x128 low-res pixels (a 256x128 area on the map image), making it more difficult to spot.
The name "A Mind is Born" has special resonance at this time as there has never been more popular anticipation that artificial minds will soon be able to coalesce from the same kind of bitwise operations made visible and audible in this demo.
The alternative is to extend it to the simulations.
Your reply did not follow... no empathy.
I wish I could speak more on the technological side of it, but I'm not well versed in this area. So all I can offer is praise.
(I hope the other contestants were suitably ashamed of themselves.)
At one point while coding our music player, I wondered if something simpler and more algorithmic might be more effective :)
So yeah I was both spanked and I learned a lot. I always watched these cracktros as a kid and now get the chance to write them with the benefit of hindsight, a career in micro controllers and 20 years of music playing experience...
I'm glad the scene is still going and there are great tools out there to accelerate the process.
Yes. I hope so. Too.
I was surprised to see this guy wrote a tty blog article I had enjoyed before. This one is very different.
My mind refuses to believe it's actually possible EVEN AFTER I TRIED IT AND SAW IT WORKING.
The universe is a lie.