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« on: May 22, 2017, 03:22:39 AM »

I stumbled upon a tweet from someone called R4_Unit, who is making some nice fractal cellular automata:
https://twitter.com/r4_unit/status/856042458714648578


It is similar to some previous ones I made https://sites.google.com/site/tomloweprojects/scale-symmetry/automataFinder but he's using a 3D version of the diamond square algorithm, which is nice... and he's added a little colour to the rules. He will be releasing some code soon.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 07:49:08 PM »

Thank you for sharing! Bringing 3d to cellular automata is such a great idea  afro
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017, 02:45:14 AM »

Interesting.

I had a go at converting the code so I can render them using solid cubes.  Red for state 1 and blue for state 2.

I must be doing something wrong, because the majority of mine create a more filled in box with patterns, ie



But then a few did get some hollowed out correct looking results (maybe)





Same as the last one, but more divisions



I need to get a big integer routine so I can replicate his rule strings.  Right now I just fill the 3 rule arrays with random numbers between 0 and 2.

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2017, 05:03:44 AM »

My mistake.  Down to a type when assigning random values to the rules array.  Now I get the right "carved out" results.

Right-click View Image to see these at their full 4K resolution.











Really nice variety in these so far.

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2017, 07:56:43 AM »

The green one is my fave. I'm wondering whether it is worth doing the same rule for both the octahedron steps... just to cut down on the search space. I'm not sure if it would add more symmetry or not.
What renderer is that? seems to have nice ambient occlusion.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2017, 09:00:58 AM »

Should be Visions of Chaos! Lovely images drinking beer together
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2017, 01:18:01 PM »

The 2D case is interesting as the diamond and square can use the same rule, giving a pseudo octagonal symmetry. There are really only 6 configurations of the 4 parents (0 set on, 1, 2 adjacent, 2 opposite, 3 or 4), so, for the single colour case you can show all of them in an 8x8 image:



This starts with a 4x4 array designed to have all configurations of 4 parents.

For a two-colour case there'd be 3^6 which is 729 automata. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 02:39:34 AM »

Yes, those images are created with Visions of Chaos ("Voxel Terrain Automata" will be a new mode included with the next release, hopefully uploaded over the next few days). I am using the Mitsuba Renderer which gives the nice ambient occlusion.  I also tweak the brightness and contrast a bit to try and bring out more details.

I looped through a bunch of these overnight and kept a series of the more interesting results.  So far that is 5,270 rules I checked out of the 4,294,967,295 possible rules.  Right-click View to see the original 4K resolution images.











If you want symmetric structures you can fill the initial cube side with all state 1 or state 2 cells rather than random cells as the processing source code shows.



More samples in my flickr gallery here https://www.flickr.com/photos/39445835@N05/albums/72157681216191183.

Thanks for pointing these out Tom.  I would not have seen them otherwise.

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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 01:07:36 PM »

I like the green one again.

I was wrong about the number of 3-colour 2D fractal automata, there should be 3^24 or 282,429,536,481 of them (for square symmetry).

One way to slightly reduce the search space is what I will call 'positivity', meaning that if there are 4 parents white, then the child will be white, and visa versa. (this allows empty areas to remain).
A much more extreme way is what I call 'bit symmetry', meaning that the same rules apply if you swap black with white. In the 3 colour case, the equivalent is that you can swap the three colours and the same rules apply.

An interesting fact is that this 'bit symmetry' only works here with 3 colours. Not with fewer or with more. And for 3 colours the number of possible fractal automata drops to just three:

Of these I quite like the one on the right, here's a close up of the complex bit:
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2017, 05:01:00 AM »

Voxel Automata Terrain are now included in the latest Visions of Chaos I just uploaded.  http://softology.com.au/voc.htm

I ran another automated search last night over thousands of rules.  Using a "base/floor" of all state 1 cells on the initial cube leads to these symmetric results.







More samples here https://www.flickr.com/photos/39445835@N05/albums/72157681216191183

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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2017, 10:11:02 AM »

Those all show fractal detail! It would be amazing to see them at higher voxel resolution shocked
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2017, 05:44:18 PM »

Luca!!! love I already thought: Hey, mixpinski-esque up there, gosh must be me, the fractal noob  whistling and rolling eyes :}
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2017, 06:44:06 AM »

I have been pushing the detail in the latest batch.  These use 8 levels of division/iteration.







Many do have sierpinski like patterns in them.



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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2017, 10:54:03 AM »

Marvellous, thanks for sharing! smiley
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2017, 03:55:19 PM »

 Repeating Zooming Self-Silimilar Thumb Up, by Craig woow thanks
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