CauseF program v. 3.5
See the Manual for more details about what the program does and why.
Download CauseF. Win 7 and upwards, 32-bit (not tested on 64-bit systems). Freeware.
What's new in version 3.5:
Interdependence based on non-linear behaviour is shown through spheres orbiting a centre, similar to planets orbiting a star. Planets can be launched one by one, they can be placed randomly in space or in the form of separate clusters making use of groups. Since they operate within a force field (a simulation of a gravitational field) derived from the mass of the star as well as the planets themselves, their individual velocities are determined by the mutual correspondence inside that functional space. Individual planets and/or groups can be assigned mass and speed values. When planets collide they either absorb each other (and the remaining growing larger) or they can fragment into smaller ones. Observe the emergence of large planets rapidly orbiting the star, cluster forming through fragmentation, and fragments entering an already established orbit (the beginnings of something like an asteroid belt in real space).
What's new in version 2.5:
Observe non-linear behaviour through colliding spheres. Define groups, influence the spheres' potential overall or for a selected group, hotkeys for direct interaction and change in behaviour.
Cause and effect relationships in complex, dynamic systems operate differently from their linear counterparts.
As humans we tend to view systems (be that a machine, a natural phenomenon, human activity systems, etc) in terms of linear relationships. This view does not hold when it comes to complex and dynamic phenomena, in other words phenomena that are the result of many parts acting together and interdependently such that it becomes virtually impossible to identify one particular cause and its particular effect, although in reality these types are actually the norm; it is the linear system which is the exception.
CauseF is a program that simulates those relationships where the user can create various scenarios and observe how difficult if not impossible it is to identify any single cause and pair it with any single effect.
In the Grid module energy packets are sent to elements which receive and send them to other elements. The effects can be observed as they change the state of those elements.
In the Spheres module energy is also transmitted between the spheres themselves and the surrounding wall, where the energy influences their respective velocities as they move across the area.
In the Planets module the spheres behave like planets as they orbit the centre (the 'sun') under the influence of the general gravitational field while at the same time producing their individual force fields. Hence their orbits change according to the emergent mutual relationships, causing them to enter more or less stable orbits, veer off altogether (a slingshot effect) or crash into the sun. Collisions produce either an absorption of mass by the survivor, or a fragmentation into smaller particles (depending on the settings).
Note: CauseF simulates complex, dynamic systems as they relate to the cause and effect relationships occurring within them. There are many other features of such systems not addressed in this program. Therefore CauseF is not another version of the AI programs on this website.
(at 75% of their original size)
Example of Planets display
Settings - Grid
Regions display (for Grid)
Settings - Spheres
Settings - Planets