The PS3, as advertised, is smart. The console, a Scorpio (released 11/11), likes long walks on the beach and processing medical research about proteins in its free time. Over 250k PS3s are currently employed in Stanford University’s Folding@home project to improve processing power. Like the SETI program, Folding@home uses networked systems of volunteers to create a larger computing grid that works as one virtual machine. We should all be out folding proteins because, from the Folding@home website:
when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.
Unfortunately, even “the most powerful distributed-computing service on the planet” can’t drive up PS3 sales, which still significantly trail the Wii. At least it has its tech specs to fall back on. The PS3 remains the Jeff “I’m f***ing smart” Skilling of the video game industry, boasting:
Calling PS3 machines "games" is a bit like describing an F15 fighter jet as a "lighter than air machine." Sony has said that PS3s have as much as 30 times more processing power than an average PC and can’t get AIDS.
In other console news, Nintendo released earnings this morning, showing a 77% increase in net profit over the same period last year and a near doubling of revenue.
PS3 a Hit for Stanford Grid Project – [Yahoo]
Nintendo 1Q profits pumped up by Wii – [Yahoo]