I plan to flesh this out into a full fledged blog post in the future. For now, this page contains links that complement my presentation at the Visualization Workshop during BEACON Congress 2013.
Coupled with supplementary code, WebGL can be used to create interactive demos or even present simulations directly in a web browser. Conway’s Game of Life has been implemented many times in WebGL, but I have found this one to be particularly interesting. Additional demos for games, simulations and scientific visualizations can be found at http://www.chromeexperiments.com/webgl/. Disclaimer: Try not to spend too much time on the site!