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Electric Sheep!

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by After School Special, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. After School Special

    After School Special Banned

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 8,181 Likes Received: 225
    So this is prolly the coolest thing I've seen my computer do yet.

    (Besides free pr0n of course...)

    Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

    Anyone watching one of these computers may vote for their favorite animations using the keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock evolves to please its global audience.







    If you google "Electric Sheep Torrents" you can find 100s of new sheep.

    Leave the screen saver running over night and it will download new breeds depending on what sheep were voted for previously.

    The link below shows how previous sheep have grown.

    Electric Sheep realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet. It's a distributed screen-saver that harnesses idle computers into a render farm with the purpose of animating and evolving artificial life-forms.

    All the software is open source and users may participate in the network freely and anonymously. Anyone can download and install it. When their computer is idle and goes to sleep, the sheep animations appear, and in parallel the computer goes to work creating new sheep and sharing its results with all other users.

    Each sheep is about 4 seconds long. Its shape, motion, and color are specified by a genetic code, a long string of numbers. If a user sees a sheep they like, they may press the up arrow key to vote for it. Sheep that receive more votes live longer and are more likely to reproduce. These votes form a fitness function for the esthetic evolution of the flock. Users can also download software to manually design genomes and post them to the server where they join the flock.

    I believe the free flow of code is an increasingly important social and artistic force. The proliferation of powerful computers with high-bandwidth network connections forms the substrate of an expanding universe. The electric sheep and we their shepherds are colonizing this new frontier.

    Download and learn more at http://electricsheep.org/

    Enjoy =)
  2. Gat Bush

    Gat Bush Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 23, 2003 Messages: 9,817 Likes Received: 129
    will it steal my porno?
  3. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Banned

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  4. MAR

    MAR Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 2, 2005 Messages: 7,264 Likes Received: 256
    how long did it take for your first sheep to download?
  5. After School Special

    After School Special Banned

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 8,181 Likes Received: 225
    I let it go for almost 7 hours and thought "fuck it" it doesnt work on my computer.

    I came back later and it was working =)

    You just have to be patient.

    Or, download the torrents =D

    I usually let it run at night and it downloads a few more, these torrent files are killer though.


    Here is a list of flock 202


    It's fucking huge, you need to put the new mpgs in your Electric Sheep cache folder.

    Or, if you are patient, the 1st sheep will download within a day and mutate from there.

    good luck =)

    I'll try back later with a torrent link.
  6. 1/4FareMetrocard

    1/4FareMetrocard 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Feb 6, 2006 Messages: 12,962 Likes Received: 690
    so shall i take xtc and watch it
  7. fuse=--action

    fuse=--action Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2005 Messages: 1,855 Likes Received: 0
    Something hallucinigenic would be better probably.
  8. AyeBee

    AyeBee Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 5,798 Likes Received: 29
    Acid trip steez
  9. poing

    poing New Jack

    Joined: Mar 12, 2004 Messages: 43 Likes Received: 0
    this is mad homo.
  10. fuse=--action

    fuse=--action Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2005 Messages: 1,855 Likes Received: 0
    I'm having a little trouble connecting to a sheep server.

    Goddamn linux command line bullshit ticks me off sometimes.
  11. After School Special

    After School Special Banned

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 8,181 Likes Received: 225
    Word homie, keep it gangsta.:shakehead:
  12. El Jefe Uno

    El Jefe Uno Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 18, 2002 Messages: 2,588 Likes Received: 239
    this stuff is crazy lookin, might have to start a download
  13. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    i'm gonna check it, i hope there's no compootor trickery behind this
  14. After School Special

    After School Special Banned

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 8,181 Likes Received: 225
    If you cant get sheep to dl let me know.

    I'll look harder for the torrents... Shit is impossible for me to find for some reason.

    It should stay on the "Please wait while the first sheep is downloaded" for a long time.

    But eventually shit will get rolling.
  15. dudebra1

    dudebra1 Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 1, 2004 Messages: 249 Likes Received: 3
    It only took an hour or two for my computer to download the first sheep. That shit is pretty fucking cool.