This is a sort-of brute force way to find Mona Lisa. This paper contains details on how to make any cellular automata differentiable, and it’s what enables works like this
I’m planning to implement my own neural automata at some point, since they can produce some very trippy visuals
This article makes me think of Greg Egan’s Permutation City. It’s an incredible book.
Thank you for that
All of Egan’s stuff is great. He has a lot of his short fiction available for free online. I have yet to read anything from him that I haven’t really enjoyed.
Could you not just arrange a bunch of gliders into an image and then run it backwards for a few cycles to mess it up?