Hypnotic site turns your name into artificial life

Have you heard of Conway's Game of Life? It's a sort of simulation of very basic artificial life, made out of a grid of square cells. Each cell interacts with its eight neighbours according to four basic rules, and from these rules evolve little worlds filled with distinct beings. It's one of these simple mathematical things that can lead to complex and beautiful results, like the Golden Ratio.

The best way to understand Game of Life is to watch it in action, and Your Name in Life is a perfect way to do just that. You type in your name - or anything you want, really - and it'll translate the text into a bitmap that'll serve as a seed for Game of Life, and then go to work on it.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.