Case study: Folding@home

by gwern 1 min read15th Sep 201140 comments

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Latest in an irregular series, some of whose previous entries were Edge.org and the Girl Scouts...

I examine the Folding@home distributed computing project with reference to the costs (electricity resulting in air pollution causing deaths) and benefits (some papers): http://www.gwern.net/Charity is not about helping. Additional data on either side of the cost-benefit is welcome.

(I also recently split out my essay describing things I have changed my mind on.)