Processing Power

I believe there’s value in predicting where things are headed because it helps create that reality. Computers today are more powerful than they’ve ever been yet we’re only tapping into a small fraction of it. There are huge swarms of botnets harnessing this power, some of them mine cryptocurrency or are used for denial-of-service attacks. This is why it’s very important to ensure that you’re protected by anti-virus since it is designed to remain hidden. However, it seems relatively few know that this unused processing power can be used to (indirectly) save lives as well. Folding@home is a distributed computing project that determines the mechanisms of protein folding. This information is valuable to those doing research into Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, many forms of cancer, and other diseases. Here is a list of such projects.Image result for bot-netAnother solution to this problem is to bring the processing power and data with us everywhere we go. A lot of us today are already using docking stations for our laptops so we have the same user-experience at work or wherever else we may be. This trend will eventually extend to our phones; when you sit down at work you would simply take your phone out of your pocket and dock it. Having a different device for your palm, lap, and desk is inconvenient and we need to move past this. As a lot of our data begins to migrate towards the cloud, and as wireless speeds increase, we will see the size of our devices shrink until all you need is the screen (or eye) to project the data on.

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