Originally Posted by Frag Maniac
Hope this doesn't sound rude, it's just an inevitability if diseases are cured. Do you suppose after they figure out all the tougher diseases with these collaborative efforts, that there will be crunching/folding programs that the public can assist in finding answers to overpopulation?
Some believe societal patterns themselves can be calculated and even predicted to a degree with algorithms, such as talked about in TV shows like Numb3rs and Touch. What do you think? Are computers the answer to even our social problems?
There are many projects that utilize donated PC time from the public for distributed or grid computing projects.
Here's a sampling of some of them (there are many more projects out there):
TPU, for example, has two Teams where members contribute to the Folding@Home project (folding) and the World Community Grid project (crunching). Working as a Team allows for a more concentrated/cooperative effort on these projects