We all know that you can get a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside by contributing your PS3's idle time to processing sh'loads of Alzheimer's research data. Apparently, Stanford's Folding@home is generating so many teraflops of good buzz, Big Corporate wants in. Masa Chatani, chief technology officer at Sony Computer Entertainment, told the Financial Times yesterday that the company was "in discussions" with firms who want the distributed processing power for less altruistic aims.
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According to the FT, remuneration of users will be considered:
...Because this would be a commercial proposition that would benefit profit-making organisations, Sony is studying whether it would need to offer incentives, such as free products, to persuade PS3 owners to participate.Free products? If they give away too many games, what will happen to all that idle time?–Wilson Rothman
Sony in talks on commercial use for PS3 [Financial Times]