Electric Sheep Screensaver
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Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It’s run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers “sleep”, the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as “sheep“. The result is a collective “android dream“, an homage to Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
The Electric Sheep are distributed under Creative Commons licenses. The sheep generated by the algorithm are Attribution Non-commercial and have a lineage; those submitted by humans are Attribution, and are labeled with their designers name.
This program is recommended only if you have a high-bandwidth, always-on connection to the internet such as DSL or cable modem. It should download and display within a minute, but due to server load it may take a long time, please be patient, and press F2 to monitor its progress. When it’s running, press F1 for help. Each of the images in the column on the right side of these pages is a freshly rendered sheep. They are linked to the server’s status pages with full resolution versions. Note that the sheep were compressed with x264 which cannot be played by Windows or Mac by default. Open source programs such as MPlayer, Media Player Classic, and VLC work fine however. Mac OSX users may need Perian.
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