|Bomb is a form of artificial life,
or alife. The essential feature of life is
creative expansion. When a seed develops it
performs information decompression. In contrast
to behavior that is static, repetitive, random,
or predictable, life has the ability to keep
doing new things.
Bomb is a visual parasite. It is
also a free, living, software.
the rule, not the exception. We are left with
Fermi's paradox: where are the extraterrestrials?
The objective is
to erect/climb the chain. Bomb works because it
is something new, something now available and
part of culture. It provides raw material for
further manipulation and creation. It
disseminates an idea.
Scott Draves was born in 1968 and
began to make eye candy with an Apple //e
computer in 1982. At Brown University Scott
worked in the Computer Graphics Research Group
and received a BS in Mathematics in 1990. His
first well-known image series (Flame and Fuse)
were created in 1993 in Japan. The first version
of Bomb was released in 1994, and the project has
been ongoing since then. It passed its 20th
revision in 8/98 and now sports two active
"tips" of growth (the max and linux
versions). Scott received his PhD in Computer
Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997
with a thesis on metaprogramming for media
processing. He lives in San Francisco and divides
his time between working for the Transmeta
Corporation and writing free software.