Introducing Cellular Automata

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In this Guided Project, you will:

Play with John Conways' "Game of life"

Replicate some of Stephen Wolfram's research (published on the book "A New Kind of Science")

Participate in the co-creation of a Cellular Automata model

Clock1.5 hours
CloudNo download needed
VideoSplit-screen video
Comment DotsEnglish
LaptopDesktop only

In this hands-on guided project you will be introduced to the wonders of Cellular Automata, a powerful modeling framework for the exploration of inter-scale dynamics. That is, how do simple local level rules give rise to global pattern formation and self-organization? You will explore questions like this with the help of Golly and NetLogo, two rich simulations softwares for the creation of CA and agent-based models. Moreover, you will be exposed to cutting edge applications of Cellular Automata in the fields of Biology (Morphogenesis) and Physics.

Skills you will develop

ModelingPattern ThinkingSimulationComplex Thinking

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Introduction

  2. Wolfram's Simple CA

  3. Conway's Game of Life

  4. More Life

  5. Continuous CA

  6. Growing Neural Cellular Automata

  7. Wolfram's Physics Project

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

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