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After the success of the non-profit Folding@home project, Sony is interested in leasing out computing power to companies willing to pay

Sony is interested in offering discounts and other incentives to have PlayStation 3 owners create a type of supercomputer grid that can be utilized by businesses.  A number of companies -- especially those working in the medical and pharmaceutical industries -- are interested in harnessing the power from PS3s instead of paying outright for a supercomputer.  Sony would likely have to pay users to keep the PS3 running all the time for the benefit of paying businesses.

Sony is unsure how many PS3 owners will be interested in having someone utilize the computer power of their PS3.  Sony spokespeople said the plan is still in the research stage, so types of incentives and which companies are interested have not been announced.  Discounts on products, free downloads, exclusive content, and points are all possible incentives PS3 owners might receive.

The PlayStation 3 is the main choice for supercomputing since Sony's next-generation console has so much processing power, courtesy of the IBM Cell processor.  A newtork of 10,000 PS3s has the power equivalent to 200,000 home PCs, Sony claims.  

Reports were published last month that showed PlayStation 3 game consoles would be able to participate in Stanford University's Folding@ home program -- a popular distributed computing project that uses the processing power for biomedical research.


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RE: Why not?
By Lakku on 4/12/2007 10:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if I had to believe in a conspiracy, this would probably be the one. However, we have gotten to the point with modern medicine that most viruses and bacteria infections can be 'cured', treated, or made better. AIDS is one of the last major diseases we have no cure for that is not genetic or a neurological disorder. The reason I don't believe the conspiracy is for that reason. Cancer, neurological disorders, muscle disorders etc. can occur in a lot of families for a variety of reasons, mostly genetic or enviromental. We as a civilization haven't figured out how to fix these disorders, either before or after birth. Either way, these disorders aren't like viruses etc that can be stamped out due to a vaccine, and will afflict people for years to come. Therefore, they would still be able to make massive amounts of money off of cures or vaccines, because either 1) EVERYONE would be getting the vaccine or 2) people will be at risk or will develop cancer or other diseases etc., and thus there will always be money to be made. Hence, no conspiracy for me.


RE: Why not?
By bob4432 on 4/13/2007 2:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
eventually everyone would be vaccinated - like smallpox and then no more $$$, hence no more vaccines.


RE: Why not?
By Manfred on 4/15/2007 3:02:52 PM , Rating: 2
Umm yeah I just got my second smallpox vaccination a few years ago. Small pox is alive and well, just not as wide spread as it used to be.


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