your computer to work!
you know your computer only uses about 10% of its total processing
power? Here's a suggestion from Alan that will put your computer
to work - and let you get involved in fascinating science
projects around the world.
Try this out as a class project!
computational problems are simply too big and costly for certain
organizations to tackle. "Distributed computing" takes an
enormous problem and divides it into many smaller tasks, all
of which are then distributed to several computers via a network
such as the Internet. Since most PCs use so little of their
own processing capacities, they make ideal workhorses for
such projects. As the individual computers complete their
work, the data is sent back to the main server that then formulates
out these interesting projects:
Help out Jordan Pollack
(featured in the show Life's Really
Big Questions) and his artificial intelligence team at
Brandeis University by evolving the bodies and brains of electromechanical
robots. Any creatures "born" on your PC are copyrighted to
Join in the search for extraterrestrial life. Your computer
can help researchers look for signals from space by combing
through mountains of data received by the Arecibo radio telescope
in Puerto Rico. (Learn more about SETI in the Frontiers Web
Feature "Is Anybody Out
Use your computer to generate and test millions of candidate
drug compounds that may be useful in the fight against HIV.
Take part in environmental clean-up by helping scientists
design safer permanent storage containers for radioactive
Try out protein folding. Your computer can help characterize
and classify protein sequences, allowing scientists to sift
through heaps of data from the Human Genome Project. Such
efforts could provide valuable clues in the search for new
drugs and cures for disease.
Digital Mind Modeling Project
Teach an artificially intelligent computer (named GAC) to
think more like a human by filling its database with common
sense statements such as "the sky is blue" or "birds can fly."
NOTE: Unlike the other suggestions mentioned here, this project
requires active human participation.
on these and other distributed computing projects http://www.aspenleaf.com/distributed/