Help save the world from AIDS simply by sleeping

Credit: BOINC

If someone came along and told you, “Hey, you can help fight AIDS, and it will cost you absolutely nothing and impose on absolutely none of your time,” you’d probably smile politely while trying to figure out the catch.

Well, hey! You can help fight AIDS, and it will cost you absolutely nothing and impose on absolutely none of your time. All you need is an Android smartphone that you don’t use 24/7/365.

FightAIDS@Home is a project through which scientists are seeking new and more efficient drugs to treat HIV. To do this, they require a supercomputer, which generally runs them about $1,000 an hour.

That’s not exactly cheap, so they sought another way.

When you sleep, your smartphone and tablet computer is probably just sitting there, doing nothing. The scientists with FightAIDS@Home can utilize this unused computing power, and if they combine thousands of utilized devices, they can create a quasi-supercomputer that fits their needs.

They’ll only do this if your smartphone/tablet is nearly fully charged, connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in, so you won’t have to spend an extra penny beyond your regular phone bill.

The project runs by using the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing app, found here. FightAIDS@Home is only one of many causes using BOINC, and should you sign up, you get to opt into which causes you’d like to support.

If you download it, then next time someone asks what you do, you can say you “save the world in your sleep” and actually mean it.

FightAIDS@Home, via CNN

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