Converter

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Converter may refer to:

  • A conduit in which the input object is not of the same type as the output object.
  • A synthesis component that can be used in an incremental synthesis to transform an object into another object.

Conduits

A converter is a conduit that takes one type of active object (such as a glider or a century) as an input, and turns it into another (such as a middleweight spaceship or a Herschel). Examples include the 45-degree MWSS-to-G, the syringe and the SW-2T21.

If the output spaceship is more complex than the input spaceship, this can be called an upconverter; contrariwise, a conduit which converts a more complex object into a simpler one is a downconverter.

x = 26, y = 17, rule = B3/S23 4bo19bo$3bo19bo$3b3o17b3o3$20b2o$18bo4bo$24bo$18bo5bo$19b6o5$b2o18b2o$ 2o18b2o$2bo19bo! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 AUTOSTART PAUSE 3 LOOP 60 WIDTH 700 GPS 15 ]]
HWSS to MWSS hammer reaction for a downconverter
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RLE: here Plaintext: here

Synthesis components

A converter is a synthesis component that can transform an object into another object.

x = 48, y = 18, rule = B3/S23 7bo19bo19bo$5b2o18b2o18b2o$6b2o18b2o18b2o2$2bo19bo19bo$obo17bobo17bobo $b2o2bo15b2o2bo15b2o2bo$5bobo17bobo17bobo$5b2o18b2o18b2o3$20bo$3bo2bo 12bobobo2bo12b2o2bo2bo$3b4o13b2ob4o12bo3b4o$22bo17b3o$5b2o15bobo17bobo $5b2o16bobo17b2o$24bo! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C [[ WIDTH 640 HEIGHT 500 THUMBSIZE 2 ZOOM 12 X 1 GPS 6 AUTOSTART T 0 PAUSE 2 T 19 PAUSE 2 LOOP 20 ]]
An example of a converter, applied to three different objects
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RLE: here Plaintext: here
x = 40, y = 43, rule = B3/S23 37bobo$37b2o$38bo6$29bo$29bobo$29b2o2$8bo$6b3o$5bo$4bobo$5bobo$7bo$7b 2o4$26b2o$26bobo$26bo2$6b3o$8bo$7bo7$35b2o$2o32b2o$b2o33bo$o2$32b3o$ 32bo$33bo! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C [[ WIDTH 640 HEIGHT 540 THUMBSIZE 2 ZOOM 12 GPS 15 AUTOSTART T 0 PAUSE 1 T 20 PAUSE 2 T 75 PAUSE 1 LOOP 76 ]]
A converter transforms a 12-cell still life into a 28-cell still life[1]
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See also

References

  1. The converter game (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums

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