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dom tribute to conway

A small and rather low-performance DOM tribute to John Conway and his iconic Game of life.

The known rules are:
1.) Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if by underpopulation.
2.) Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
3.) Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overpopulation.
4.) Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.

The fascinating aspect of the game is that there is no known algorithm that can predict for how many generations an initial setup will survive. It could be 1, 10 or 10000, it could run for 1.000.000 generations and still go extinct in the 1.000.001.