mindblowing new discovery in Conway's Game of Life: any buildable pattern in Life can be constructed from the collision of 15 gliders.
the key principle: distance itself can be used to encode information. by determining the correct starting [x,y] coordinate for each glider, any future state of the Life universe can be created, with effectively unbounded complexity. 🤯
Well, we now have a degenerate but very compact hashing method. 15 Xs, 15 Ys, 15 initial states (rotation + period), a target period, and the fact that the Game of Life is turing complete, and 46 numbers can be used to encode binary information of literally any size.
Granted, decompression would be hell...
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