“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. We all must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” -Marie Curie
Most of us remember the importance of being charitable on a few rare occasions throughout the year, most commonly around the year’s end. But what about the rest of the year? Obviously, we don’t have an unlimited amount of resources, so for most of us, it’s not a viable option to do as Magnolia Electric Company suggests, and
But the Charity Engine goes far beyond any of these projects. Let’s say you’ve got an enormous computing job and not enough computing power to do it. I don’t care whether you’re a scientist, a University, or an independent company, where do you go? Enter the Charity Engine!
Charity Engine takes enormous, expensive computing jobs and chops them into 1000s of small pieces, each simple enough for a home PC to work on as a background task. Once each PC has finished its part of the puzzle, it sends back the correct answer and earns some money for charity – and for the prize fund. (It also earns more chances to win.)
Where does the money come from? Science and industry. The grid is rented like a giant supercomputer, then all the profits shared 50-50 between the charities and the lucky prize winners.
Charity Engine typically adds less than 10 cents per day to a PC’s energy costs and can generate $10-$20 for charity – and the prize draws – for each $1 of electricity consumed.
It is the most efficient way to donate to charity ever invented.
Best of all, you’ve got a great reason to support them: they come certified by Starts With A Bang! Let’s say you want to, I don’t know, simulate the formation of a galaxy — from scratch — in the Universe?
You and hundreds of other people, right? Who decides whose project is worthy of the Charity Engine’s power? They’d need some kind of expert to help them decide, right?
There’s an entire science panel, and yours truly sits on it, to help decide which projects get the 5-10% of the grid permanently reserved for pure science! So you’re not just supporting charity, you’re supporting legitimate science, hand-picked by me and the rest of the science panel! (Plus, their CEO is a huge fan of this blog, so you know there’s good taste involved here!)
Read more about them at crunchbase, Fast Company, and one of Charity Engine’s charity partners, OxFam. This is a great opportunity for everyone to support science, help charity, and — for those of you who feel lucky — maybe win a small fortune while you’re at it. How can you not feel good about this; get started and help make something wonderful happen today!