Offspring is a visualization of the pair bonding
process of a theoretical robot colony.
Each robot is assembled, ages through youth, comes into a reproductive
stage, and eventually dies of fatigue. If a robot is lucky enough
to find a mate during it's reproductive stage, baby robots may be
Visually, the Offspring image is a historic graph of robot colony
size and distribution. Males of the population are represented by
single horizontal lines while Females are shown as double lines. The
vertical position of the line indicates the robot's time of assembly,
and the horizontal position of the line shows it's location in an
abstract physical space. Faint diagonal lines connect parent and child.
In this manner, older generations of robots are shown on the bottom
of the image while their descendents are supported above them.
Robots can only mate with robots near them in both
space in age. To encourage dissimilar permutations, robots are not
allowed to mate with siblings.
Not all robot colonies survive. Harsh extraplanetary
conditions and a reproductive period overcrowded with work and government
keep the robots from flourishing...