The web page that eventually will show every picture possible

Everything possible

In May 2005 I posted an article that described an insane, yet slightly interesting supposition: Everything you would ever want to see

To put it short:
Make a computer program that renders all pictures possible within a given limitation. Store them on a hard drive and you would have a repository of all footage necessary to make any movie or TV show that will ever be made.

The article is one of my most popular so far. If you look through the comments you will find a lot of suggestions and attempts on making such a program.

Now, half a year later I have recieved the best one so far. Paul has made a page with a 64 x 64 greyscale frame. It is possible to create 2^1048576 pictures in that frame.

The frame will start with a black pixel up in the left corner and “count” up to the last picture as people visit the page. At some point something interesting will show up. A picture of the American president somewhere you have never seen him before. A picture of you somewhere you have never seen yourself before. Well, in a couple of million years everything possible will have been displayed at this page…

The web page that eventually will show every picture possible

2 thoughts on “The web page that eventually will show every picture possible

  1. Greg says:

    Dude you need to display approximately 40 billions of images per second to display 2^100 images after a billion year (2^100 images is what can be displayed in a 10×10 square in B&W)
    Nice idea anyway!

  2. Sebastian says:

    Now is not the time to do this (though I’ve written similar programs). Wait about five more years for Moore’s Law to really rack up processing power. Then let this program run by itself, only have an image recognition software run along side it, which you have taught to recognize images of yourself and save them. I did the calculations, and, according to Moore’s Law, in about ten years I think, it should be possible to cycle through every possible image on an average computer screen in no more than a month. And that’s if quantum computing and what not doesn’t take off, otherwise were looking at a matter of hours.

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