Friday, July 3, 2009

Using web ads as a massive computer

Web ads allow for javascript and even flash these days. Given that you buy million's of impressions (based on a .001% return or something ridiculously small you get a ton of impressions for cheap) you are not only buying real estate on the users screen, but buying their cpu power. Assuming that the smaller the ad size the less it costs I should be able to buy a ton of ads for very cheap if the ad doesn't even show on the screen! Combine this with some problem that is easily distributed and you could get a cheap massive computer.

Update: pluraprocessing.com, cpushare.com and discussion of plura and a biz model around this on hacker news.