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After School Special

Electric Sheep!

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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.

 

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http://sheepserver.net/v2d6/gen/202/5027/00202=05027=05027=05027.mpg

 

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http://sheepserver.net/v2d6/gen/202/4921/00202=04921=04921=04921.mpg

 

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http://sheepserver.net/v2d6/gen/202/4750/00202=04750=04750=04750.mpg

 

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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.

http://electricsheep.org/archive/generation-165/best.cgi?menu=tree&p=4

 

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 =)

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how long did it take for your first sheep to download?

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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.

 

electricsheepfree.jpg

 

Here is a list of flock 202

 

http://electricsheep.claytondevelopment.com/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.

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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.

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It only took an hour or two for my computer to download the first sheep. That shit is pretty fucking cool.

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how can you vote on it with the kyboard, when hitting keys will wake your computer back up?

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weird.

did you see that i unbanned your other name? and if you get a hold of diggity, he'll work with you to sort out your old name.

(even though you made a fake name to call me gay).

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