A Semi-quantum Version of the Game of Life

  • Adrian P. Flitney
  • Derek Abbott
Part of the Annals of the International Society of Dynamic Games book series (AISDG, volume 7)


A version of John Conway’s game of Life is presented where the normal binary values of the cells are replaced by oscillators which can represent a superposition of states. The original game of Life is reproduced in the classical limit, but in general additional properties not seen in the original game are present that display some of the effects of a quantum mechanical Life. In particular, interference effects are seen.

Key words

Cellular automata quantum games quantum cellular automata 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian P. Flitney
    • 1
  • Derek Abbott
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CBME), Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringThe University of AdelaideAustralia

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