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The Electric Sheep Project | The Collaborative Dreams of Thousands of Computers

Oct 03, 2011, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The name 'Electric Sheep' is an allusion to the novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' by Phillip K. Dicks. The program renders flame fractals, called sheep, which are uploaded to the server, where a 'flock' of about 100 are stored, combined and evolve. These are distributed to client machines and displayed as a screensaver 'dream' when the computer sleeps.

"According to 'The Flame Algorithm and its Open Source Culture' by Scott Draves and Isabel Walcott Draves:

"'The algorithm treats every pixel as a variable in an equation with thousands of parameters. The parameters specify a collection of functions from the plane to the plane, and the algorithm visualizes the interference pattern between them. This is the origin of the Flame algorithm, a combination of fractals with a particle system [Draves and Reckase 2003]. The results are distinctive, recognizable, and extremely diverse.'"

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