There's a lot of fun in programming this situation, and all the possibilities. Wikipedia is very good- but don't look there until you've programmed it yourself!!

Of course, you won't be programming an infinite 1D line, but one of finite length. Short lines ( say 20-cell sections) allow drawing on screen as decent-sized squares or circles. Wider screens could allow up to say 1920 cells- or bigger if you allowed panning.

Here's a longer sequence, represented at pixel level...

This evolves after two steps to...

but keeps changing forever.

You also may now have realised that if you look only at a limited range of cells, you'll have to decide how to treat the two end-marker cells, which have only themselves and ONE neighbour as 'parents'. You could pretend that there is ALWAYS a cell at each end which stays as an off or an on. More helpfully, think of your chosen width as looping back and closing on itself. The rightmost cell has as parents itself and its lefthand neighbour AND the most leftward cell in your row. Similarly the first cell has itself and a righthand neighbour, plus the extreme righthand one. This is described as 'toroidal topology'.

By now you may have realised that by animating the generation sequence,

or stacking each generation of the 1D line vertically on a screen you can 'see' its evolution easily.

However the most interesting cases are where no stable state is reached, and instead a **chaotic pattern** goes on forever.

Since a toroidal geometry wraps round, I particularly like being able to design automaton lamp-shades!

' ******************************************************************* ' ** oneD_automaton17_mono.bas generate 1D automata ** ' ** tenochtitlanuk JohnF June 21 2014 ** ' ** See Wikipedia & Wolfram ** ' ******************************************************************* ' To-dos ' Call ImageMagick to make animation, & call Web browser to display. ' I'd accidentally backwards-labelled the rule descriptor. Now corrected. ' Set whether to randomize the starting pattern in different ways.. ' Further work needed, including the following... ' Various lines remmed, that enable saving whole evolution or an animation. ' Ditto lines which create different start patterns. ' Also lines- presently incomplete/experimental- which automatically describe the type. nomainwin global alphanum$ alphanum$ ="0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz" WindowWidth = 1120 WindowHeight = 720 graphicbox #w.gb, 5, 5, 1100, 670 open "1D Automaton v8.00" for window as #w #w "trapclose [quit]" #w.gb "down ; size 2 ; color cyan" #w.gb "font arial 16 bold" width =360 [forever] 'rule =int( 256 *rnd( 1)) ' 74 ' 57 ' 105 ' 110 ' 126 etc 0<-->255 for rule =0 to 255 scan #w.gb "cls ; up ; goto 6 8 ; down ; backcolor 200 200 200 ; fill black ; color 200 200 200 ; boxfilled 1088 640 ; flush" 'randomize( 0.123456789) ' rnd( 1)) rule$ =toBase$( 2, rule) #w.gb "color black" #w.gb "up ; goto 820 630 ; down" #w.gb "\ Rule "; rule #w.gb "up ; goto 920 630 ; down" #w.gb "\ "; rule$; " " #w.gb "flush" c =1 now$ ="" goto [skip] for j =1 to width if rnd( 1) <0.7 then if c =1 then now$ =now$ +"1" if c =0 then now$ =now$ +"0" else if c =1 then c =0: now$ =now$ +"0" else c =1: now$ =now$ +"1" end if next j now$ =left$( now$, 40) +stringChar$( 10, "10") +mid$( now$, 61, 50) +stringChar$( 60, "1") +mid$( now$, 141, 50) +stringChar$( 60, "0") +mid$( now$, 281) [skip] now$ =stringChar$( 179, "0") +"1" +stringChar$( 180, "0") ln =len( now$) diag$ ="" l =0 r =0 for generation =0 to 189 scan for cell =1 to width if mid$( now$, cell, 1) ="1" then if generation = 0 then #w.gb "color 20 20 255" else #w.gb "color black" #w.gb "set "; 5 +3 *cell; " "; 10 +generation *3 #w.gb "color red ; up ; goto "; 5 +3 *cell; " "; 1 #w.gb "down ; goto "; 5 +3 *cell; " "; 5 #w.gb "color black" else #w.gb "color 200 200 200" #w.gb "set "; 5 +3 *cell; " "; 10 +generation *3 #w.gb "color black ; up ; goto "; 5 +3 *cell; " "; 1 #w.gb "down ; goto "; 5 +3 *cell; " "; 5 end if next cell 'timer 1000, [a] 'wait [a] 'timer 0 #w.gb "flush" 'timer 1000, [b] 'wait [b] 'timer 0 next$ = "" for cell =1 to width if cell =1 then lhn$ =mid$( now$, width, 1) else lhn$ =mid$( now$, cell -1, 1) if cell =width then rhn$ =left$( now$, 1) else rhn$ =mid$( now$, cell +1, 1) above$ =mid$( now$, cell, 1) parent$ =lhn$ +above$ +rhn$ select case parent$ case "000" child$ =mid$( rule$, 8, 1) case "001" child$ =mid$( rule$, 7, 1) case "010" child$ =mid$( rule$, 6, 1) case "011" child$ =mid$( rule$, 6, 1) case "100" child$ =mid$( rule$, 4, 1) case "101" child$ =mid$( rule$, 3, 1) case "110" child$ =mid$( rule$, 2, 1) case "111" child$ =mid$( rule$, 1, 1) end select next$ =next$ +child$ next cell penultimate$ =now$ if next$ =now$ then #w.gb "up ; goto 520 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ STATIC" else 'flag =0 if mid$( next$, 2, 100) =mid$( now$, 3, 100) then #w.gb "up ; goto 450 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ Left diagonal ": l =1 if mid$( next$, 2, 100) =mid$( now$, 1, 100) then #w.gb "up ; goto 450 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ Right diagonal ": r =1 end if if mid$( next$, 2, len( next$) -1) =mid$( oppo$( now$), 2, len( next$) -1) then #w.gb "up ; goto 220 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ alternating in place" if mid$( next$, 2, len( next$) -1) =mid$( oppo$( now$), 1, len( next$) -2) then #w.gb "up ; goto 220 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ alternating and R-shift" if mid$( next$, 2, len( next$) -1) =mid$( oppo$( now$), 3, len( next$) ) then #w.gb "up ; goto 220 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ alternating and L-shift" temp$ =now$: now$ =next$: next$ =temp$ ' swap so now$ can be re-used to create next generation if not( instr( now$, "1")) then #w.gb "up ; goto 100 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ SOLID '1's. " if not( instr( now$, "0")) then #w.gb "up ; goto 100 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ SOLID '0's. " if instr( now$, "1") =0 then #w.gb "up ; goto 100 630 ; down" #w.gb "\ TERMINATED " terminated =1 #w.gb "up ; goto 100 630 ; down" #w.gb "\ " exit for ' all cells dead.... end if '#w.gb "flush" '#w.gb "getbmp scr 0 2 1150 6" 'bmpsave "scr", "screens/automaton" +right$( "000" +str$( generation), 3) +".bmp" next generation if flag =1 then flag =0: #w.gb "up ; goto 200 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ STATIC " if terminated <>1 and now$ <>next$ then #w.gb "up ; goto 300 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ ??CHAOTIC " if instr( now$, "0") <>0 then #w.gb "up ; goto 920 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ " if mid$( next$, 2, len( next$) -2) =mid$( penultimate$, 4, len( next$) -4) then #w.gb "up ; goto 220 630 ; down": #w.gb "\ alternating and LL-shift" #w.gb "flush" #w.gb "getbmp scr 0 5 1150 660" bmpsave "scr", "screens/automaton_1_" +right$( "000" +str$( rule), 3) +".bmp" timer 2000, [onward] wait [onward] timer 0 terminated =0 'goto [forever] next rule wait [quit] close #w end ' ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ function oppo$( in$) for i =1 to len( in$) if mid$( in$, i, 1) ="1" then oppo$ =oppo$ +"0" else oppo$ =oppo$ +"1" next i end function function toBase$( base, number) ' Convert decimal variable to number string. toBase$ ="" for i =10 to 1 step -1 remainder =number mod base toBase$ =mid$( alphanum$, remainder +1, 1) +toBase$ number =int( number /base) if number <1 then exit for next i toBase$ =right$( "00000000" +toBase$, 8) end function function decFromBin( in$) ' given 3 char string rep'g a binary number, return the number a =0 for j =1 to 3 a =a +val( mid$( in$, j, 1)) *2^( 3 -j) next j decFromBin =a end function function stringChar$( n, ch$) for i =1 to n stringChar$ =stringChar$ +ch$ next i end function