- The coronavirus pandemic seems to be the reason for the Shelley Launch party no longer going ahead in Japan.
- However, when it comes to the development side of the system, it seems like business is usual.
The plan by the Cardano protocol to host the highly anticipated Shelley launch party might not be possible now in Kyoto, Japan. If you hadn’t guessed as to why this is, you’ve either been living under a rock the past few weeks, or this is the first news article you’ve read of 2020…
Cardano & COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic seems to be the reason for the Shelley Launch party no longer going ahead in Japan. However, when it comes to the development side of the system, it seems like business is usual.
With all the uncertainty currently going on throughout the world (including the crypto industry), the Cardano Foundation called on support from the ‘Folding@Home’ project. For those that don’t know, this is an initiative that was designed to focus on research on diseases.
‘Folding@Home’ hopes to form a distributed supercomputer by connecting computers across the globe together. This has been done in an attempt to develop a drug to kill COVID-19.
In a blog post shared by the Cardano Foundation, it explains that it essentially offered a software program which can be installed onto a person's personal computer in order to power scientific research in the hopes of finding a vaccine for the coronavirus.
The blog post stated:
“As soon as it is running and connected to external systems, it will start using part of your machine’s computational resources. Your computational resources will power efforts to discover the proteins that Covid-19 virus uses to protect its cells. 18The aim of this effort is to create medicines and vaccines to cure and protect from Covid-19 by combining the resources to study this virus’s proteins.”