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Stephen Wolfram, Introduction to "A New Kind of Science"
"Well, in the actual [snail] shell, the pattern is laid down by a line of pigment-producing cells on the growing edge of the shell. And it seems that what happens can be captured rather well by a cellular automaton rule."
emergence  maths  snails 
22 hours ago by kevan
1001 Rogues
"Every day, 1001 Rogues generates an unique roguelike adventure which can take place anytime, from prehistory to the distant future."
games  emergence  random  roguelike 
6 weeks ago by kevan
Princeton University - Video-gaming fish play out the advantages of groups
"The researchers projected the simulated prey — which appeared as small reddish dots — onto one side of a tank containing the famously ravenous bluegill sunfish."
games  fish  simulations  illusions  emergence 
april 2016 by kevan
Plotto; a new method of plot suggestion for writers of creative fiction (1928)
"A Plotto Masterplot consists of three clauses: An 'A' Clause, a 'B' Clause and a 'C' Clause."
writing  emergence  books  simulation 
january 2016 by kevan
Research Blog: Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks
"This creates a feedback loop: if a cloud looks a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird. This in turn will make the network recognize the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird appears, seemingly out of nowhere."
illusions  technology  emergence 
june 2015 by kevan
Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots - MIT News Office
"Known as M-Blocks, the robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces."
robots  technology  emergence 
october 2013 by kevan
Egyptian Protestors Target Helicopters With Laser Pointers
"As military helicopters flew overhead, demonstrators used laser pointers to paint them in a multi-colored shower of light."
transport  light  emergence 
july 2013 by kevan
mini. Quiet Babylon | The Singularity Already Happened; We Got Corporations
"For a very long time, the AI dedicated to maximizing profit saw the path forwards through innovation, new products, better living for customers. But then at some point it realized that is had the ability to just reshape the planet in its image. So it did that instead."
business  emergence 
march 2013 by kevan
Google Poetics
"Google Poetics is born when Google autocomplete suggestions are viewed as poems."
poetry  emergence  web 
february 2013 by kevan
Yavalath: On Evolutionary Game Design | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
"This computer programme, called Ludi, creates games by taking the rules of existing games and scrambling them into new combinations using genetic programming (GP) techniques of crossover and mutation. New games are tested through selfplay trials and assigned a quality score based on their estimated potential to interest human players."
games  design  emergence  via:zarba 
january 2013 by kevan
Introducing Mechanic Miner | Games By Angelina
"Once Mechanic Miner finds a variable, it randomly chooses a way of modifying it, and then gives the player a button that does just that."
games  design  emergence  via:aparrish 
november 2012 by kevan
pareidoloop
"1. generate random polygons. 2. feed them into a face detector. 3. mutate to increase recognition confidence."
mutation  random  faces  emergence  via:waxy 
august 2012 by kevan
Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics
"Celebrating the physics of all that flows."
physics  emergence 
april 2012 by kevan
Pretty as a Thousand Postcards - Slide Show - NYTimes.com
"I looked at a lot of stock photography as well, and went to all the horrible tourist shops in London to get every postcard I could find."
london  photographs  emergence  via:blech 
march 2012 by kevan
Wolves May Not Need to be Smart to Hunt in Packs | 80beats | Discover Magazine
"[As] long as each wolf obeys a couple simple rules, the seemingly complex behavior emerges naturally, without any need for higher intelligence."
mammals  emergence  evolution  via:zarba 
october 2011 by kevan
novastructura.Stone Fields
"I love the work by Richard Long, the way he fills lonely landscapes with arcaic stones patterns. [...] The virtual stones created by several fractal subdivision strategies, find their proper position within the circle, with a trial and error hierarchical algorithm."
emergence  art  stone  via:zarba 
july 2011 by kevan
You are listening to Los Angeles
Playing LAPD police radio over random ambient music from SoundCloud.
music  police  radio  sound  emergence  via:waxy 
march 2011 by kevan
Seed Drawings: Visual Emergence using Mechanical Turk - information aesthetics
"Each small drawing is produced by a single individual with no knowledge of the overall forms and structure within the larger drawing."
emergence  art  via:waxy 
february 2011 by kevan
First replicating creature spawned in life simulator - physics-math - 16 June 2010 - New Scientist
"As the simulation progresses the incomplete structure begins to grow, while the structure at the start of the tape is demolished. The original Gemini continues to disassemble as the new one emerges until after nearly 34 million generations, [the entire pattern has been duplicated]."
simulation  programming  emergence 
june 2010 by kevan
MIT Red Balloon Challenge Team
Nice tiered approach from the winning DARPA Network Challenge team - $2000 of the prize money for a submitted sighting, $1000 to anyone who referred that person, $500 to the person who referred them, and so on.
emergence  money  secrets  maps 
december 2009 by kevan
Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus
"The program downloads and parses a part of the text of a recent best-selling book. The algorithm eliminates all insignificant words like 'I', 'and', 'to', 'for', 'the', etc. The remaining words and their combinations are the keywords for the patent drawings."
art  emergence  books  history  via:zarba 
september 2009 by kevan
Galleri Tom Christoffersen - Henrik Menne
"Their process is always silent, controlled and structured by repetitive movements as the machines transform a single material - plastic, wax, metal or stone - into peculiar objects."
art  emergence  plastic 
june 2009 by kevan
tweenbots | kacie kinzer
"Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal."
robots  walking  society  emergence  via:holly 
april 2009 by kevan
How the city hurts your brain - Boston.com
"People who had walked through the city were in a worse mood and scored significantly lower on a test of attention and working memory. [But crowded streets] also correlate with measures of innovation, as strangers interact with one another in unpredictable ways."
cities  brains  emergence  society  memory  via:jones 
january 2009 by kevan
Life Lexicon (Introduction)
Jargon for Conway's Game of Life. "Noah's ark [was] found by Charles Corderman in 1971. The name comes from the variety of objects it leaves behind: blocks, blinkers, beehives, loaves, gliders, ships, boats, long boats, beacons and block on tables."
simulation  emergence  language 
november 2008 by kevan
Instant-Messagers Really Are About Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon - washingtonpost.com
"With records of 30 billion [MSN] conversations among 180 million people from around the world, researchers have concluded that any two people on average are distanced by just 6.6 degrees of separation."
society  science  emergence  via:waxy 
august 2008 by kevan
Pruned: Modeling Urban Panic
"The goal of this project is to develop a reusable and behaviorally founded computer model of pedestrian movement and crowd behavior amid dense urban environments, to serve as a test-bed for experimentation."
simulation  crowds  architecture  emergence  walking  design  cities  zombies  via:zarba 
january 2008 by kevan
From Ants to People, an Instinct to Swarm - New York Times
"In one version of the experiment, each person was instructed simply to stay with the group. As Dr. Couzin’s model predicted, they tended to circle around in a doughnut-shaped flock."
emergence  ants  science 
november 2007 by kevan
Text Adventure Forums [Beta] - Idle Forums
"This forum is for playing text adventure games! Our resident super computer Ziggy serves up the current move, and all you have to do is reply to the thread with the next move, such as 'Go north'. Ziggy will then respond." They died in Zork I.
if  emergence  via:waxy 
june 2007 by kevan
Fimoculous.com - misc - iPredict
"Although news is immediately a historical account, it is also implicitly a gamble on the future, a suggestion of where things will be. iPredict attempts to capture those implicit questions in every news story."
news  future  emergence  via:infosthetics 
june 2007 by kevan
Grobots, a programming game
Beautifully organic programmable-robot warfare, circular robots scooting and bouncing around their environment, reacting to each other, their rivals, and food sources, and reproducing into beelike castes. Forth programming takes getting used to, though.
robots  programming  games  war  emergence 
april 2007 by kevan
The Restaurant Game Project
"The Restaurant Game is a research project at the MIT Media Lab that will algorithmically combine the gameplay experiences of thousands of players to create a new game. [...] Everyone who plays The Restaurant Game will be credited as a Game Designer."
games  emergence  food 
february 2007 by kevan
Donjon [Creative Commons @ CRNGames ]
Weird and creative-commonsed freeform roleplaying system where rolling a success for any test lets the player define the results of the action. Make a listen check and decide what you heard.
games  roleplaying  emergence  via:ben 
january 2007 by kevan
Duncan Wilson - Pixelnotes
"A wallpaper consisting of four layers of [post-it notes in] varying grey tones on a bright primary backing."
art  paper  emergence 
november 2006 by kevan
Rubicon : A Machine-Building Puzzle Game
My Java implementation of Chris Pressey's classic cellular-automata esolang RUBE, with enough additions for it to double as a fixed-goal, Incredible-Machine-style puzzle game.
creations  games  puzzles  physics  emergence  design  programming  technology 
october 2006 by kevan
Who Writes Wikipedia? (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)
Analysing the claim that 0.7% of users make 50% of edits. "Wales's view of things is actually much more shocking: around a thousand people wrote the world's largest encyclopedia in four years for free? Could this really be true?"
web  wikis  emergence 
september 2006 by kevan
Lost Garden: Playground game design as a sustainable competitive advantage
"[Playground games], by definition and design, lob crazy surprises at the development team all throughout development. With enhanced player freedom, there arises an inevitable stream of exploits, bugs and worst of all unbalanced boring game play."
games  design  emergence 
july 2006 by kevan
ProjectorGames - Google Video
Adam's LAN shenanigans - dozens of people playing ridiculously multiplayer versions of classic and original games, on a single projected screen. Includes a fun consensus-voting game selection system, and Zombie City.
games  society  emergence  zombies  videos 
july 2006 by kevan
TheBroth - The Global Mosaic
"TheBroth.com connects you with people around the world to interact in a massively multiplayer, real time global mosaic, made of 1000 colorful tiles." Obvious-in-retrospect variant of the communal fridge-magnet whiteboard thing. With private boards.
art  web  design  emergence 
july 2006 by kevan
New World Notes: God Game
"If I was to turn off the clouds the whole system would die in about six hours. Turn off the bees and [the plants stop] growing, because nothing gets pollinated. And it's the transfer of pollen that signals the plants to drop seeds."
simulation  emergence  evolution  weather  mmorpgs  plants  bees  via:wonderland 
june 2006 by kevan
Meshybeats : Meanface
"Meanface is an ongoing experiment in which you draw and submit a face. Each face submitted counts towards the ever-evolving Meanface."
faces  emergence 
april 2006 by kevan
Bug Crush
"Evil bugs have hidden among the good bugs!" Game of Zarba's, arising from a conversation we were having about player expectations.
games  emergence  insects 
march 2006 by kevan
Owen Piette's wxSand
Desktop version of the Falling Sand toy, with a few extra components to make it possible to build interesting machines - I've finally been able to build a cyclic and stable plant-burner.
games  emergence  water  fire  plants  download  via:zarba 
march 2006 by kevan
The New Gamer - Averaging Gradius
Tinted-merge Gradius, run with different players' data this time. "...watching as each Vic Viper, in sequence, would take out the red ships flying in a wave pattern, to leave behind power-ups in an almost perfect sine wave sequence."
games  art  emergence  via:collision 
january 2006 by kevan
Life vs. Life
"A live cell surrounded by 2 or 3 cells of the other color is 'captured' and changes color." Competitive Game of Life, two different-coloured sets of pixel outcompeting one another. The wraparound playing area makes for some dull exploits, though.
games  emergence 
december 2005 by kevan
Hell of Sand
Magnificent cellular-automatic sand/water/oil/fire/other simulation, now with zombies.
simulation  emergence  water  fire  zombies 
december 2005 by kevan
[ SAILS ] Self-Assembling Intelligent Lighter-Than-Air Structures
Autonomous helium-filled polythene cubes, fitted with tiny fans. "The final result will see a flock of 12 to 20 Mascarillons evolving within a spherical inflatable dome equipped with panoscopic projectors."
art  air  technology  robots  emergence  via:wmmna 
november 2005 by kevan
see shy jo - thread patterns
Nicely formalised analysis of structure-patterns in mailing list threads. "This is the 'blindingly obvious answer' pattern. If you're bored you can read any one message to get the gist."
email  emergence  via:yoz 
november 2005 by kevan
The Collective Type Project
Averaging out users' ideas of what each letter should look like, with only minor vandalism.
fonts  design  emergence 
october 2005 by kevan
SwarmSketch - Giant Squid
Wonderfully monstrous and scribbly collaborative sketch of a giant squid. They're lifting zeitgeist keywords from news RSS feeds and starting new ones after X hundred submissions, now.
squid  art  emergence 
october 2005 by kevan
The Man in Blue > Experiments > Pixelfest collaborative artwork
Similar idea to the Smaller Picture, but you get to choose your pixel, and - beautifully - its colour.
art  emergence 
october 2005 by kevan
SwarmSketch
Nicely-organised system of collaborative art - draw a line of 100 pixels length, then vote on the quality of all other lines to determine whether they stay or fade.
art  emergence 
october 2005 by kevan
Ning | Home: Front Page
Ah, it's live now. "Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for building and using social applications."
web  programming  emergence 
october 2005 by kevan
Owise - Neural Prediction community
"Future events [are] predicted using a sort of 'neural network' where each 'neuron' is a human being. In effect, Owise is an implementation of a 'hive mind', where many different people's analysis and insights are blended into a single consciousness."
future  brains  emergence  crowds  via:raven 
september 2005 by kevan
In Praise of Tweaking: A Wiki-like Programming Contest
Open Source as Wiki as natural selection: "When one of these big shifts occurs, it also opens up fresh opportunities for tweaking, and swarms of curious competitors descend upon and begin tightening up the new leader."
programming  evolution  emergence  wikis  via:leonard 
september 2005 by kevan
Just Letters - A browser based multi-user Flash game
Build words out of draggable coloured letters while 49 other people try to do the same thing. Unnervingly like fighting with a haunted fridge.
emergence  games  language  via:ben 
september 2005 by kevan
Anemone armies battle to a standoff
Self-made things, emergent battle plans. "Differentiation into warriors seems to depend on a combination of signals from enemy stings and the genetics of the colony."
emergence  war  water  via:jones 
august 2005 by kevan
USC Interactive Media Division - Here Be Dragons
"[Both cities and creatures] can be placed in hierarchical systems (limbs->fingers, freeways->streets), both rely on an internal consistency where the whole needs its parts to function, but each part might not have a vision of the whole entity."
emergence  art  software  cities  monsters  via:wmmna 
august 2005 by kevan
Hands On: Smart Hives - Tanzania
"The Kenya top-bar hive [...] has side walls that slope inward towards the bottom so the bees will build less comb attachment to the walls. The bees treat the walls as a floor and attach far less comb, making the comb easy to remove."
bees  emergence  design  construction 
august 2005 by kevan
Flickr: Explore interesting photos around Flickr
"There are lots of things that make a photo 'interesting' (or not) in the Flickr. Where the clickthroughs are coming from; who comments on it and when; who marks it as a favorite; its tags and many more things which are constantly changing."
photos  emergence 
august 2005 by kevan
Metroblogging San Francisco: Zombie flashmob!
Flashmobs refusing to die. "A seed group of zombies will start at St. Mary's square, and as we march up Market St. we'll attack Willing bystanders, converting them and giving them ingredients to make more zombies."
zombies  cities  emergence 
july 2005 by kevan
GameSpy: Breakfast with Will Wright
"I'm uncollecting. I buy collections on eBay, and I disperse them out to people again. I have to be like an entropic force to collectors, otherwise all of this stuff will get sorted. It's like the opposing force, uncollectors."
emergence  random  interviews 
may 2005 by kevan
Flickr: 50 people see the Eiffel Tower
"Combined view of 50 photos on Flickr tagged with "Eiffel". Each photo is from a different user."
photos  emergence  france 
march 2005 by kevan
GameSpy: Will Wright Presents Spore... and a New Way to Think About Games
Preview of his increasingly-preposterous evolutionary game. "Wright pointed out that the yellow creatures he was snacking on were actually created by other players and pulled off of a shared creature database."
games  evolution  emergence 
march 2005 by kevan
Hacking the Language of Crowds
"One way to grow a Crowd Crystal would be to dissolve non-participant atoms in the crowd with the instruction to stand still when the density of the crowd drops below a certain level."
crowds  emergence  walking 
december 2004 by kevan
TapTap
Wooden boxes with wooden arms, that repeat tapped patterns after a delay, and can be piled up to tap one another. A death-watch beetle orchestra.
emergence  memetics  music  software  sound  technology 
september 2004 by kevan
Front Design
Organically designed furniture and ornaments, including a rabbit-tunnel lamp and fly-orbit lampshade.
design  emergence  furniture  insects  light 
september 2004 by kevan
Cabinet Magazine Online - The Emergence of Social Inequality among Robots
"How could two robots that started with exactly the same hardware and software nevertheless develop a relationship where one appears to exploit the other?"
emergence  robots  society 
september 2004 by kevan
Yahoo News: Australian scientists turn to insect swarms for new generation weapons
"We want to give them an overall goal, as in carrying out surveillance of a region, but you don't want to tell every one of a thousand different vehicles exactly what to do."
emergence  insects  robots  war  weapons 
august 2004 by kevan
Google Cartography
Building up city maps from a single street name, by searching Google for textual clues of connecting roads.
cities  emergence  maps  web 
august 2004 by kevan
A Turing Machine in Conway's Game of Life
Vast and organic-looking, with a detailed catalogue of its component parts.
emergence  maths  programming 
august 2004 by kevan
The Smaller Picture : Stick person
Of suspiciously good quality since the Slate article appeared. Perhaps because the visitors know why they're there, as opposed to the confused, random wanderers from the first wave of popularity.
art  emergence 
july 2004 by kevan
generation5 - Interview with Al Biles
"I think that GAs are a terrific approach to searching large, ill-defined spaces, in this case the space of 'nice' melodic ideas."
emergence  evolution  interviews  music 
july 2004 by kevan
LIGHT BRIX [installation.design]
Emergent-looking hexagonal wall lighting. Very Blake's Seven.
architecture  electricity  emergence  furniture  light 
june 2004 by kevan
Salon.com Technology | Why don't we do it in the road?
Signless, ruleless inner-city traffic control - forcing drivers and pedestrians to interact at around 20mph, the maximum speed at which eye contact still works; our ancestral top-running-speed.
emergence  law  society  traffic  walking 
may 2004 by kevan
History - Bee Hives
"If the space is bigger than 3/8 of an inch, the bees will build comb. If it is less than 1/4 inch, they will attach propolis."
bees  emergence  history 
may 2004 by kevan
Pollen : 4
Beautiful icy-liquid pollen turbulence, in Proce55ing.
art  emergence  ice 
may 2004 by kevan

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