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Friday, September 09, 2005
 
::PUTTING THE "CELLULAR" IN CELLULAR AUTOMATA::

WolframTones are cellphone ringtones generated from cellular automata. Wolfram is a genius. Love it. I've never wanted a polyphonic phone, but now I do.

(via BoingBoing)
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A genius, sure, and he won't let you forget it.
 

Why would I want to forget it?
 

To put it simply, he's arrogant.

But to address the Ringtone issue, he's going about it the wrong way. Sampling over time based on a fixed width (centered around the initial starting point) ignores any changes in complexity that happen over time.

In the CA, time is top to bottom, the initial state is represented in the first row and each successive row indicates a state that happens as time progresses. Limiting the viewing window to the center 8 or so points does not paint an accurate picture of how the overall picture changes over time.

I would suggest sampling across the entire spectrum over overlapping time segments in a way that accurately represents the change in ocmplexity across the board, even if it condenses it.
 

I nave no evidence in my life of his arrogance; I only know of his smarts. And smarts I admire.

...but surely you admit that the ringtone, even if representative of merely a "slice" of a CA, is cool. Even if it's not even the most CA-like slice they could've picked.
 

Well, not necessarily. The cool thing about CAs are that it is important/fundamental that the previous state is known, not in a specific window, but across the entire state.

The idea to create a ringtone based in someway on CA is cool, i concede to that. But to do it in a way that is not true to the form is a waste of time.
 

Great page! Excellent points! Hope I can get away from my free tracfone ringtone long enough to come back again! Keep up the great work!
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