Whoever said that social networking juggernaut Facebook would never help find a cure for cancer, combat global warming or quell the spread of malaria in Africa was just wrong, wrong, wrong. I mean, they were right until Intel came along to turn these hypothetical assertions into realities, but now, they deserve to be ridiculed for their lack of foresight.
As Ars Technica reports, Intel has partnered with Facebook and GridRepublic to create the new Progress Thru Processors application that lets users contribute their computers’ unused processing power to various BOINC (grid computing)-based programs, including Rosetta@home, Climateprediction.net, and Africa@home. One of the application’s most notable features is that it lets users differentiate between multiple projects, rather than having to commit all of their resources to just one destination.
Ultimately, the purpose of Intel’s partnership deals is to use Facebook’s ubiquity to get the word out on BOINC and its capabilities as it relates to this new application. Plus, you can post your processing contributions to your profile, so you can rub your superior humanitarianism in all of your friends’ faces.