Hi team, I thought I would post this here in the hopes that this may help.
I would prefix this and say you are free to take this idea and expand on it. I don't want any money from this as long as it helps a lot of people. I'm quite conscious of personal/confirmation bias so feel free to shoot it down if it's not that good.
I have emailed this concept to an acquaintance of mine, Dr Diamandis but I have not received feedback due to many reasons, one of which could be that he receives far too many emails a day. The limited feedback I have received from others has been positive but I'm still conscious of bias and I wanted to hear feedback from you.
The idea in a nutshell is it’s an app (or potentially a setting on an Operating System) to go on every smartphone and tablet device by default. The phrase ‘many hands make light work’ applies here as each device would donate a small percentage of their processing power whilst recharging and would work together with other devices around the world by autonomously searching and analyzing medical data. The collected data would then be sent back to a central hub where it would be merged and report on its latest findings. Other potential uses could be running resource heavy simulations not unlike the Folding@Home project that generated over 100 scientific papers on protein based research.
I know that there is a similar product called Boinc, which is a fantastic technology, but I think we need to think Global if progress is to be made. Perhaps you could simply partner with Berkley and have the major partners adopt this.
Originally I had Qualcomm pegged to take this on but with the recent developments of major partners manufacturing their own hardware, I could only see this working if multiple companies were approached.
I think there is an incredible amount of potential if this technology was standard on every smartphone or tablet. There are roughly 1 billion smartphones and tablets out on the market today, hypothetically if partners such as Samsung, Apple and Google made this a standard, they would have access to far more processing power than Watson. (Roughly 200 Quadrillion Hertz of CPU power alone, if users donated 10% of their power from their processor alone.) Peter Diamandis has said in his outings that the amount of smartphones are expected to jump from over 1 billion to about 5 billion within 5-7 years. Imagine the potential applications if this proves true.
The advantages would be a far lower cost when compared to IBM’s Watson, it would increase the efficiency and efficacy of research and everyone would be able to be part of the solution to medicine’s greatest challenges.
I would love to hear your thoughts and criticisms about this idea. Maybe even what you think could improve it. My goal is to have Apple and Samsung pick this idea up and make it standard on new smartphones.