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Infinity City - Planetary Terraforming Project with Self-Replicating Technology

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This Project is in the Project 2048 | Space Exploration Build Contest which is now Complete!
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Year 2048. Earth is overpopulated and resources are scarce; almost all the human population has evacuated the home planet aboard generational starships. With the discovery of interstellar travel, it’s now possible to artificially design temporary wormholes that possibly connect to any point in the Universe. Distances are no longer a limit, but energy is. Wormholes can be opened only using energy from stars, that’s why almost all the evacuation starships travel by jumping blindly between different star systems, looking for a new home, for a new planet, capable of sustaining a human colonization, because the ships won’t hold forever. Each ship is carrying an average of 1 million people, far more their nominal capacity, if a place capable of supporting all these lives is not found soon enough, the life support systems of the ships will gradually collapse and millions risk to get stranded in the depths of space. But there is still hope, a machine that can save us all, the last legacy of Earth’s science can open the door to our future.

They call it the “Seed”.

Imagine if technology could help us shaping new worlds, the possibility to create entire new civilizations among the stars, what could be the shape of such machine?
The Seed is the apex of the most advanced discoveries in the field of self-replicating machines. This type of machines already existed before the Evacuation Era, but they reached a high level of advancement only during the crisis. Furthermore, only very few scientists are able to fully comprehend and develop self-replicating technology, for all the others the way it works is simply beyond their comprehension.
Self-replicating machines are capable of recycling any type of organic and also inorganic matter catalysing its atoms accordingly to computer algorithms and blueprints stored in the machine itself, being able to generate further instances of themself or also other devices. That’s why these machines are potentially more dangerous than atomic weapons, I know that once an experimental unstable self-replicating weapon escaped from its containment and overwrote the laboratory it was developed in, after that it proceeded to reconvert the entire inhabited planet the laboratory was situated on. Many were afraid, realizing that we were finally capable to work on scales beyond human imagination, and the research was halted.

But after the crisis the situation changed. This was the moment when project Infinity City begun: it didn’t aim to cause destruction, but to achieve pure creation. The entire project finally condensed in the Seed: when activated on the planet surface, the Infinity Seed is capable to create a limitless city potentially capable of housing even billions of humans, accordingly to the planet’s resources. If the first self-replicating machines emulated the behaviour of bacteria and monocellular organisms, Infinity City resembles pluricellular life; it’s the next evolutionary step of technology itself, they say. Roads grow naturally on the planet surface like living roots, and buildings grow towards the sky organically, like trees. I’ve heard that visually is very modern but in its real substance it’s more similar to a forest than to an artificial construction. I can’t even imagine it…



Seeds have been produced in series and in large quantities, each one of them capable of generating a different inhabitable world. The real problem now it’s to find planets that are fitting enough to be reconverted. Each seed is a self-sufficient space capsule, when the laboratory discovers a new possible planet, a trained pilot must get onboard to a seed and launch it through an artificial wormhole to the new coordinates. Reached the new world the pilots will generate a new city, if the process is successful and the environment is sustainable, then the seed will emit a signal, a call for the evacuation starships for beginning the repopulation. The Universe may already be full of enormous metropolises quietly awaiting for their first human occupants, all in the hands of these solitary operators.

These pilots are called Seeders, and I am one of them.
I have to go now, if I’m awake this means that a new promising planet has been discovered.
I have a job to do...

_TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION_

Infinity City is the most advanced self-replicating system architecture ever created by mankind.
Every time the Seed is activated a different city is generated: different road topology and different building placement. Even buildings of the same type will have infinite variations at every instance.


The first thing a Seed does is expanding downwards, when the ground is reached, a layer-by-layer scan is performed to identify the exact ground level. Once the planet surface has been connected to the Seed, forming the so called Seed Tower (the city's control centre), the system then proceeds to an horizontal expansion.


The horizontal road expansion is performed through a Gemini Cycle, a new-generation system architecture composed by alternating randomizers and expanders. The randomizers here used are state of the art single-use hybrid devices with 36 slots of capacity each. The road expanders instead are also capable to modify themselves to adapt to their bounduary conditions: they connect to nearby roads and detach from nearby buildings, forming a consistent road network. All the interconnected road modules form the road series, many of these series can be used in the expansion cycle.

During the growth of the so called living urban tissue, the free space near the roads is assigned for construction. This is the job of the Spacefinder Units which are capable of analyzing their adjacent spaces in an oriented 2x3 chunk area. The building area is than assigned as the largest convex shape inscribable in the detected free space, through a rigid priority scale that goes from larger to smaller shapes.

The vertical expansion is performed by the buildings growth. Once the areas have been assigned by the Spacefinders, defining the building class, the Loader units specify instead the building type. The collection of all the city's components is defined as the Infinity Matrix. Considering all the current building classes together with the loader's capacity, the current Infinity Matrix can house at least 288 different types of building. Version 1.0 has only 9 building types installed (3,125% capacity used).

Even buildings of the same type will be different every time they're built. Buildings have a modular architecture and will have variations in the following key parameters: the direction the entrance is facing on the ground level, the building height, the building structure itself and the type of roof.

Buildings of the same type resemble each other in the same way that plants of the same species could, but every instance will be unique, and some of them will also be very different between each other.


_THE FUTURE OF INFINITY CITY_

It's all here? No, it has just started!
Infinity City is designed to last far long than the showcase for this contest, it's made to be a real tool for players to use, since the seed can be placed anywhere in a common flat world. The whole system also, can house far more types of building than shown at the moment: what you see in version 1.0 occupy only the 3,125% of the total capacity of the Infinity Matrix.
Different self-assemblying buildings can be created and can be simply installed in the Infinity Matrix, the Seed will then use the new elements alongside to the old ones to create the new cities, and bring variety to a whole new level.
The same can be said for the road components.
In parallel, system optimization will be performed and the current buildings will be completed in specific project pages.
Differently from nice static dioramas or from the usual still spaceships, the Infinity Seed aims at being a real, functioning and powerful instrument at player's disposal; that generates environments that other players can actually inhabit and where live their adventures.

Infinity City has just begun!

_UPDATE 1.0.1_

More variety on the road modules has been introduced!
Trees, flower pots, parkings, bus stops, benches and more!

_ABOUT THE PROJECT_


-Minecraft version 1.12.1

-Download includes New Planet for generating a new city, Demo World with an already generated city and all the technical drawings.

-Unedited screenshots (50% of the gallery) are taken in the Demo World so that they’re completely reproducible

-Uniform Glass or Connected Glass texture packs are suggested for a better visual experience

-If you found this project interesting please leave me a diamond, and if you have questions please ask them in the comments!


CreditChunky, SEUS used for some pictures
Progress100% complete
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Update 1.0.1 : 08/25/2019 6:16:16 pmAug 25th

+ More variety on the road modules has been introduced!
Trees, flower pots, parkings, bus stops, benches and more!

44 replies

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09/09/2019 3:25 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
9Alpha
Congrats on placing so high in the contest!
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09/09/2019 5:17 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you very much for your support, really appreciated ^.^
Anyway, Infinity City doesn't end here!
2048 belongs to the past, now ;-)
I've just made a BIG wall post about future developments!
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09/01/2019 12:58 pm
Level 26 : Expert Engineer
Giancarlovan
You are truly a creative visionary who deserves to be at the forefront of discussions regarding the future of human civilization!

This build is a testament to that!
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09/02/2019 2:57 am
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
WOW!! Thank you for your appreciation! :-D
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08/26/2019 12:17 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
9Alpha
Incredibly creative entry for the contest, probably my favorite so far! Good luck in the contest!
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08/26/2019 12:36 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you for your words, happy to hear that!
It will be expanded even more after the contest...
Thanks again!
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08/26/2019 11:49 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Cupcake
Georgette
Damn, your submission is really different from all the others.
This is not the usual diorama, it is something that can grow by itself, always in different and wonderful ways!
Incredible, it looks magical!
Great idea, great technique, surely my favorite, I will follow the evolution!
good luck for the contest <3
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08/26/2019 2:34 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Even if it's working exactly as designed, seems magical also to me!
Thanks ^.^
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08/25/2019 6:42 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Dragon
Kord
Truly indescribable. Just...yeah. There's simply not enough diamonds in existence to give to this one! <3
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08/26/2019 4:50 am
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
You're really kind ^.^
This project will become even larger in the future, the machines the city is made of can do much more than what they do at the moment...
Have a wonderful day!
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08/25/2019 6:01 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Blockhead
Mine Maus Craft
I can't finde the words to describe, great work!
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08/26/2019 4:39 am
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you very much!
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08/24/2019 11:45 pmhistory
Level 74 : Legendary Senpai
wldscarlet
The blueprints and GIF stuff really attract me. Amazing job, good luck!
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08/26/2019 4:39 am
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Static images are perfect for representing static dioramas or spaceships, but for a living, growing and dynamic city, gifs are mandatory to give an idea of what it's going on! ;-)
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08/24/2019 6:48 pmhistory
Level 35 : Artisan Architect
SANAR
Initially, I thought it was just a built city.
I can’t understand how this works, but it’s damn interesting)
Where can I see introductory information about how this happens? At least in 2 words)

The presentation was made as excellent as the project itself.
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08/25/2019 10:53 amhistory
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you, as you've seen it's not immediate to get the fact that the city is actually self-building, so I tried to realize an effective and detailed description.

The main elements are structure blocks, that, as you may know, are capable of saving/loading small constructed spaces; the rest are only redstone circuits (there are also a few command blocks, but not for any key feature)
The circuits than are able to assemble the city piece by piece, generating anytime a different road topology and a different building placement. Even buildings of the same type will have infinite variations at every instance.
Everything is powered by in-game redstone circuits and is made to work in vanilla Minecraft.

There aren't any introductory informations anyware because I bsically invented this "technological field" from scratch. Because of this, I'm the only designer of self-replicating modules (from what I've seen online)
Anyway, if you're interested to see more machines like these you can take a look at my collection Self-Replicating Technologies, it contains all my old works that brought me to the creation of Infinity City :-D
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08/25/2019 3:01 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Architect
SANAR
Thank you for such a detailed answer)
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08/24/2019 10:59 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie
This exceeds my wildest expectations dude! Amazing. Got my fingers crossed for you to win this contest. 🤞
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08/24/2019 12:09 pmhistory
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Happy to see that for you the final project lived up to the expectations given by the teaser trailer
:-D
In the future I'll also try to add new types of buildings (now there are only 9!), there will be a really huge variety!
I'm designing the Seed on order to be a real tool for players, I'd like to make generated cities that are places that players could actually inhabit and enjoy.
Thanks for the wishes!
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08/24/2019 8:37 am
Level 46 : Master Architect
_clem
oh damn!!! this looks stunning. I really like the concept for this.
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08/24/2019 9:17 am
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you for your words!
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08/24/2019 8:24 am
Level 36 : Artisan Architect
Nippy Neko
Nice combo of art and city. Great job I like this.
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08/24/2019 9:21 am
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thanks, I tried to maintain a consistent aesthetic throughout all the city; the project will be expanded in the future :-D
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08/23/2019 6:50 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Button Pusher
Masteratchess
Awesome, I can't wait to see where this goes :)
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08/24/2019 12:17 am
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thanks!!
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08/23/2019 5:24 pm
Level 28 : Expert Artist
Bernie-Craft
Very interesting concept. Great work!
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08/23/2019 5:47 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you, Sir!
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08/23/2019 4:35 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Lava Rider
eagoy
Insane, just insane...
The older wizardly black boxes of self-replicating technologies were already insane but this...

Just curious but are all these modular (skyscraper) buildings also done by yourself? Piece by piece these are quite nice already.

No clue here how everything works, but probably I get the gist after studying things up.
Some nitpicks/suggestions:
- The infrastructure is a bit classic, lots of concrete, in basic no green, cycling paths?
- Maybe make variants of the roads with the same connections? (one with trees, or cycling only, walking area with shops?)

Anyway I hope you will end high in this contest!
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08/23/2019 5:42 pmhistory
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Hello grandmaster eagoy!!
Happy to hear from you again! I always check your page to see if there are new projects... it has been a while!

Thank you for you appreciation! Yes, all the (self)buildings are made by me, and are coming from my inspiration only :-) Some of them are more realistic, while others are more futuristic, Infinity City seems to amplify my inspiration since it's now possible to design buildings in ways that I didn't believe possible! I also have many other building ideas, that I will include in future versions, the current system could house up to 288 different building types and now there are only 9!

Suggestions are always appreciated:
About the cycling paths implementaton will be difficult because the way the system is built...
A different story instead about the green areas and the road connections: other than only skyscrapers, future versions will include also parks, squares and other common areas, buildings will also have different purposes. More variety also in the road modules was intended to be realized in the first release, but the time was really short so... Anyway, the system is already predisposed to manage many variations of the road elements, if I have enough time I'll try to add at least some tree-lined avenues before the contest conclusion.

Thanks again and have a nice day!
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08/25/2019 11:18 am
Level 50 : Grandmaster Lava Rider
eagoy
Ah yes, bit disappointing the past years on that front on my side. Bit of change in world save file thing with an update of Minecraft. Some got stuck in limbo of a snapshot and such.

But giving your words, some cogs start to rumble along (not that things come from that) to at least get things proper up & running (MC-edit, chunky working all along properly).

Hmm, a simple effective way to get it more cyclist friendly looking is to remove one walkway block on each side and replace it with a different tarmac/asphalt block (red/green) on the same level as the cars.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_infrastructure (the pictures with the green bike lane or the red - ones).
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08/23/2019 3:55 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Dragon
Kord
This is absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us here.
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08/23/2019 4:10 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you! Glad you like it!
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask :-D
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08/23/2019 5:39 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Dragon
Kord
Awesome, thank you! I'll be downloading this to relax and play with over the weekend, it is just divine! I truly admire the creators in this game who manage to bring forth such amazing things. (I still totally need to finish off and upload my "entry" for this though, but trust me, it is nothing compared to the amazing stuff: I've just been trying to get up the nerve to enter one of the project competions here and so have been dabbling off and on over it the past few weeks.) XD
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08/23/2019 5:52 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Can't wait to see yours then :-D Thanks again!
2
08/23/2019 3:52 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
TrialnError
Dope Concept
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08/23/2019 4:11 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thank you very much!
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08/23/2019 3:50 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Explorer
Alex Hundenwald
So it's auto-generated, huh, too bad this ain't allowed
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08/23/2019 4:14 pmhistory
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Why do you think that? All contest rules are respected, are you able to explain? Thanks!
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08/23/2019 6:37 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
TrialnError
Alex probably meant by that of how your build was in quotes auto-generated for video visual purposes. And thought your build was auto-generated from some type of software. That's my guess, for all I know.
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08/23/2019 3:36 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Pig
MrDEmentorFace
wow just wow
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08/23/2019 4:11 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
Thanks!
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08/23/2019 1:51 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Princess
CaraRose
damn O_o

I know who's gonna win
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08/23/2019 2:30 pm
Level 42 : Master Engineer
Gheppio
You're really kind to say that, but I've seen your entry for the contest and it's really cool!!
Very interesting what you say about the duality creation/destruction and its binding with the technology we create, something really important for my entry too! :-)
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08/23/2019 3:35 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Princess
CaraRose
aww thank you ♡

well I suppose they will count diamonds and that's how you become a finalist

but who knows

I really like the concept it is pretty unique 'cause there are mostly spaceships :)

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