I made a 64 output sequencer breakout box for @jjthrash’s Conway patch. I filed this under build help because jj said he didn’t find a lot of use for his Conway module, which in the version he passed me was rigged to a 64 LED box but had no outputs.
If you program in a “glider” formation and hook up the clock you get a type of “spaceship oscillator.”
According to the Stanford Website,
The cellular formation of a “glider” can interact with other cellular automata to construct logic gates like AND, OR, and NOT. Therefore, it is possible to build a pattern of cellular automata that acts like a finite state machine using two counters. The formation that acts like a finite state machine has the same computation power as a universal Turing machine, also known as being Turing complete. This means that the Game of Life is as computationally powerful to any computer with unlimited memory and no time constraints.
So perhaps this can be classified as a programmable logic gate?
Here is the patch with the Breakout Box. You just have to input a pattern and hook up a clock.
conway64 with breakout box.audulus (1.0 MB)
I thought I would just go ahead and post this much in order to see if anyone has any bright ideas on how to use it.