Open question to enthusiasts, theoretical computing scientists and mathematicians of all sorts: is it possible to construct a valid QR-code that leads to interesting results when used as an initial configuration for the Game of Life?
- QR-code or DataMatrix or whatever, I'm not picky;
- valid code as in maybe not exactly what would be produced from the text, but which the error-correction can reconstruct;
- interesting results, as in not decaying to a stable state (or not too soon, at least);
- for bonus points, it would lead to at least one glider;
- for extra bonus points, a glider gun or a breeder of such;
- for awesomeness, the QR-code should encode an URL pointing at the demonstration of its own evolution in Life.
Update: The answer seems to be yes. Jurij Smakov assembled a QR-code generator and a Life engine and plugged them together for easy experimenting. And Stefano Zacchiroli noticed that using "free software" (no quotes) as the input leads to a couple of gliders endlessly traveling a field with a few still lifes. This is way beyond awesome.