I was all in on SETI@home when I first heard about it in college. You’re telling me I could help scientists find aliens from my dorm room? Sign me the fuck up now. So, I was a little sad when the distributed computing project said it was going into hibernation at the end of month. What I soon found out though is that there’s another project called Foliding@home going that uses your computer’s power to simulate protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. Basically, it help scientists find solutions for diseases and viruses. Super timely with COVID-19, right? And yes, it’s directly helping with coronavirus.
It’s as simple as downloading and installing a program that runs on your computer. Run that baby and you’re doing your part. The goal of the project is to recruit one million machines to help aid their research. With so many information workers on mandatory work from home for the foreseeable future, this is a great way to take action instead of reading more doom and gloom from people that have no idea what they’re talking about.