Re: The Game of Life

From: David Lloyd-Jones <>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 22:39:49 -0500

Hal Finney writes:

> It has been found that "Life is Universal", meaning that you can
> construct a Universal Turing Machine out of the Life rules. It would
> then be possible to program it to simulate any mathematical or logical
> system, hence SAS's should be possible.

But only if the outside world supplies the necessaries. I don't insist on
John Horton Conway, or even Hal Finney, but I do insist that the machine be
plugged into the wall.

It's really a pissoff to see people writing about these patterns being
"self-organizing." They're organized by the throughput from the power

Received on Thu Dec 16 1999 - 20:48:26 PST

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