29 September 2005

Wolfram Tones

Here's an idea sure to appeal to nerds everywhere (including me): cellphone ring tones generated by cellular automata. Though it's a bit hard to stomach how much Wolfram exaggerates his contributions to the science of complexity and the study of cellular automata and related computational algorithms, it's still an interesting idea. Discovered through this New York Times article.

In addition to the unpleasantness of enriching someone who seems---shall we say---reluctant to acknowledge other contributions to the study of cellular automata, I am too cheap to just drop $2 on a cellphone ring tone. However, I do think my custom tone is pretty neat.

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