Originally Posted by Frag Maniac
Yeah I'm specifically talking about computers for overpopulation problems. Mauriek touched on that, but via more weather than disease control related discussion.
What I'm saying is I worry overpopulation will eventually creep up on us as bad or worse than the problem of pollution has. For so long we've had terminal diseases, but were they to vanish, the population would grow pretty quickly. It already grows at an exponential rate even WITH such diseases.
I know a lot of people talk smack about China for their law on childbirth control, but honestly, they're about the only country taking this problem seriously. Many people enjoy sci fi stories involving post apocalyptic, overpopulated future scenarios, but do they really know it could become a reality?
I guess for most, it's an attitude of, "it will never happen in my lifetime". Wouldn't it be ironic if future generations long after we're dead look back at us and curse us for ridding the world of terminal illnesses? Maybe we're just foolishly playing God with such aspirations. You look at every species on the planet, and nature's design seems to be one of survival of the fittest, not make everyone survive. Death is a vital part of life.
Ah i see what you mean..if we want to discuss specifically about overpopulation and the effect on that for the world and keep the discussion on the research platform, as far as i know there already few research funded by UN (ex:food security area) about that and few other research from big institute. None of the specific research are using distributed computing exclusively, however there are already some effort to integrate the data collected from distributed computing into other research, sharing some of the important data without causing patent/intellectual property violation.
If we talk about overpopulation, disease and other natural cause are not the only factor that should be included in the research, other factor such as food and water supply, weather, human social/behavioral trend, technology, etc.. also be the key factor before deciding that the eradication of all disease will lead to apocalyptic scenario.
Some of the point i remember from the research about population that Earth can sustain 2-3 times up to 5 time of current population if some of the condition are met, mainly condition about resource (food/water) on earth, and many research are almost based from the worst scenario possible.
As for connection between crunching for WCG and finding the solution of overpopulation and other social problem i think there are 2 project that will be provide useful data for researcher.
Computing for Clean Water
The Clean Energy Project - Phase 2
maybe the solution is still far away but small step must be taken before giant leap