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Cell language (Re: Rikchik Postscript Files)

From:Didier Willis <dwillis@...>
Date:Monday, November 30, 1998, 18:57
In answer to my translation attempt, Denis M. Moskowitz wrote:
> > > Rikchik-Agent-N-0 > > Talk-Source-I-1 > > Happy-End-V-1 > > ... > > > I give up and wait for your help. I definitively don't seem to > > have seven tentacles and a Rikchik brain =:*) > > Me neither, but I try. :) >
It remind me an old conlanging attempt I made some years ago when I was a fan of Conway's Game of Life -- well, I am still a fan, but I do not spend anymore my time at watching evolving patterns for hours and hours :*). For those who do not know this amazing game, it is a mathematical cell automata where each two-state cell may be either alive or dead. There are simple rules that dictates the birth, death and survival of a cell (a living cell dies from suffocation if it has more than 3 neighbours alive, it survives if it has 2 or 3, and dies from solitude below 2; a dead cell comes to life if it has exactly three living neighbours). The thrilling thing about this automata is that it constructs meaningful macroscopic 'life' structures (such as gliders that moves along diagonals, oscillators... etc... and even prime number calculators), though each cell only knows its immediate neighbours and has therefore no consciousness of its global role in the structure. Detailed information on Conway's Game of Life can be found at this excellent web site: (for a sample, try I wanted to see if I was able to imagine a language that could follow similar rules, and I envisioned small worm-like marine creatures that would live as parasites in corals. Though very simple, they could express basic ideas by illuminating themselves, and each creature was influenced by its neightbours and reacted with a limited set of behaviours. But on a macroscopic point of view, the host coral would appear to have a kind of language and to be able to exchange information with the surrounding corals. Needless to say, apart from drawing many creatures in my roughbooks -- I was still a student then -- I never succeeded in inventing such a weird language. Didier. -- -