FAQ

Why was Compute for Humanity created?

Using your computer to make the world a better place should be:
  1. Easy—no registration, no password, no price tag, no complicated installation process.
  2. Unobtrusive—you shouldn't even notice it's running. 'Cause you need your computer for other stuff too!
  3. Universally useful—not all causes care about finding prime numbers or folding proteins. Some causes just need good old-fashioned money, to provide life-changing medical treatment or help a family lift itself out of poverty.
  4. Fun! 😊
That's what technology is supposed to be about. Compute for Humanity is the first and only tool that accomplishes these goals.

Isn't this a waste of electricity?

Most cryptocurrency mining uses a lot of electricity, costing you more money on your electricity bill than you produce. That's because most miners try to get as much out of each computer as possible. Compute for Humanity takes the opposite approach: do a very very small amount of work (so small you won't even notice it's running), but on lots of different computers. There's no effect on your electricity bill, and with enough computers running the program we can have a real impact on the lives of many people since 100% of the money goes to charity.

How do I know this is legitimate?

This project tries to be as transparent as possible. That means all of the financial details are public. All of the code—even the code for this website—is public too. In addition, all Mac apps are cryptographically signed, which means if there was any funny business Apple would revoke the app's "certificate" and you wouldn't even be able to install it.

How can I help?

  1. Download the app!
  2. Spread the word to your friends and fans! More users = more money = bigger impact.
  3. If you're a coder, get involved!
Questions and comments are totally welcome! @Jake_Evelyn / [email protected]