An app that fights Climate change, Covid-19 and cancer whilst we sleep.
Speeding up cancer, coronavirus and climate change research with the processing power of smartphones
DreamLab is a specialist free app, developed by Vodafone Foundation Australia, that uses the processing power of smartphones to help analyse complex data while their owners sleep, to speed up cancer, coronavirus and climate-change research.
While traditional experimental research and standard research methods could take years to develop, the mobile cloud-based processing approach of DreamLab enables our partner Imperial College London to drastically reduce the time taken to analyse the huge amount of data that exists. A desktop computer running 24-hours a day would take decades to process the data, but a network of 100,000 smartphones running overnight could do the job in just a couple of months.
In 2022, we launched a new ‘Tropical Cyclones’ project. As climate change intensifies, extreme weather events are becoming commonplace. Imperial College London are building the world’s largest public database of simulated tropical cyclone events, to understand the risk of tropical cyclones and if/how climate change is making their impact worse.
In April 2020, following the COVID-19 outbreak, a Corona-AI project launched on the app, which uses the same technology to help in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
The project combines artificial intelligence and the processing power of idle smartphones to speed up the discovery of novel anti-viral components in existing medicines and help the hunt for anti-viral molecules in foods. The app works by creating a network of smartphones to power a virtual supercomputer, capable of processing billions of calculations, without collecting or disclosing users’ location data. No personal data is downloaded to or processed from the user’s device.
250,000 smartphones running overnight
2.5 million + downloads
available to download worldwide
Download DreamLab today
DreamLab is available to download worldwide and free to use for Vodafone customers in Australia, UK, Italy, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Ghana, South Africa, Lesotho, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands and Albania.
DreamLab is free to download and free to use for Vodafone customers, meaning it does not eat into monthly data allowances. The app can also be used across other networks, with users choosing how much data they wish to donate, or connecting via Wi-Fi.
To download the app, search for DreamLab in the App Store for iOS or Play Store for Android.
DreamLab has enabled scientists at Imperial College London to predict molecules with anti-viral properties in everyday plant-based ‘Hyper foods’, that could potentially help to fight COVID-19.
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