I’ve decided to write a program. It’s not a very exciting or ambitious program, it’s not technically complex or conceptually interesting, but it’s a program nonetheless. I’m finally starting to put into practice my realization that if I want to get anywhere in anything I do, I have to lower my sights and start simple.
So this program is going to implement the life algorithm which I discovered in the appendix of a book called “God and the new physics”. It’s designed to show how behaviour can emerge from a system which operates according to only a few basic, well-defined rules. I’ll be writing it in C++, although I should probably write it in Java. Maybe I’ll do both, and throw Python into the mix for good measure. Should be a blast.