Layperson asks: Folding@Home worthwhile?

guanxi guanxi_i at
Fri Mar 1 21:23:12 EST 2002

> > I have no
> > idea if I'm wasting CPU cycles on this particular project.  I could
> > use them for something more practical, like finding broadcasts from
> > intelligent alien lifeforms (i.e. SETI).

> But I don't really see running SETI at Home as practical as Folding at Home.  What,
> exactly, would be the benefit of finding intelligent aliens on the other side
> of the galaxy?  They could be malicious.  Communicatinig with them would take millenia.
> We would probably never get to meet them in person.  etc.

Maybe they're broadcasting the principles of protein folding...

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