In maths, a cellular automaton is a mathematical model. A cellular automaton is a collection of “colored” cells on a grid of specified shape that evolves through a number of discrete time steps according to a set of rules based on the states of neighboring cells.
John Conway’s Game of Life is a zero-player game where the evolution is based on the initial values that are imputed. It requires no other values than the initial values to change over time. The game follows the following rules:
It is a demonstration of how complex behaviour can emerge from simple rules, an interesting concept that could be explored within masterplanning principles which would allow a set of values to be imputed into a system and run to see how a certain set of instructions could determine its evolution.