It is likely that people that like nanoassemblers also like computational automata
these are systems that using very simple rules cause notable behaviors. This image from wikipedia http://commons.wikim...rge_channel.gif
shows a simple automata that causes a glider to move on a complex path as wikipedia describes it
Multiple low-level structures interact to allow one structure to "race" along a closed track. The racer starts as a glider
in the diagonal column to the right of the main pattern. It is then reflected multiple times along the track. At the bottom it is temporally transformed into a spaceship
. It then finishes the track as a glider again
click to view the large animated version
Edited by treonsverdery, 17 July 2012 - 10:09 PM.