A set of cells or elements arranged in some specific order which constitutes the initial state of the cellular automata.
Curiously, some initial configurations cannot be produced starting from any previous configurations (see Garden of Eden).
While some configurations can lead to self reproduction, most cannot.
In some cases the rules of transformation of the cellular automata are embedded within its initial configuration.
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