Complex Systems

Creating Large Life Forms with Interactive Life Download PDF

William H. Paulsen
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Arkansas State University,
State University, AR 72467


This paper demonstrates how very complicated Life forms can easily be created using the interactive Life program introduced by James Gilbert [1]. By having control over just a single cell, called the intelligent cell, a glider gun can be created in under 250 generations. Note that the standard rules of Life apply to the intelligent cell as well as the other cells.