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.
You can keep your molting pine needles, short-circuiting lights, and expensive fragile ornaments — my
Christmas tree holiday bush is a continuous display of cascading three-dimensional fractals and patterns that reproduce based on popularity, breeding an ever-growing royal family of finely tuned visuals — a tree in the purest form of the word.
Vote your favorites up or down to contribute to the gene pool, and download the latest children, or “sheep”, while the screensaver is running. I recommend leaving it on overnight a couple times to quickly build up your library.
The creater, Scott Draves, AKA “Spot”, is a San Francisco VJ and software artist. He does a lot of other interesting work in this field, some of which is displayed in videos and images on his website.