|By Shelly Palmer||
|May 19, 2014 03:01 AM EDT||
Have you ever wished your technology could do more? Forget about multitasking – what if your computer could help the world? That’s the idea behind Volunteer Garage, which connects you to a volunteer computing grid so you can donate your computer’s processing time to a network of volunteer computers. That power is then used to do find answers to all sorts of big scientific questions, like how to battle climate change or how to cure cancer. If Volunteer Garage sounds like something you’d want to do, it’s easy to sign up. Head over to Volunteer-Garage.com and decide which project you’d like to volunteer your hardware for. Then, download the software, which runs in the background of your computer and communicates with the project’s server to send along any data it has processed. That’s all it takes – if you’re willing to let a program run in the background while you go about your business, you can help combat the biggest problems facing our world today – without lifting a finger.
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