Analyses | Innovation and technology development | 2019-03-25 | Sing Tao

Can idle smartphones serve the world?

Our personal computers and smartphones sit idle for a long time each day. Some people choose to donate the idle computing power for the computation needs of large-scale research projects such as studies on climate change and finding cures for diseases. How does this ‘volunteer computing’ work, and what are its benefits and risks? 

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