Profile: Ken Pineo


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Personal background
I live in Nova Scotia, one of the eastern-most provinces of Canada. Although I am now retired, my occupation was as a Court Administrator for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and I worked for the Department in a series of management positions between 1980 and 2008. My hobbies are computers, the Oak Island mystery, geocaching and ham radio -- although I am not active these days, I maintain the call sign VE1MO. I am also a member of the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, Freemasonry, with the Masonic rank of Past District Deputy Grand Master.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
There is not a question of a doubt in my mind that extraterrestrial life exists. It would, after all, be pretty small minded to think that we are the only life in the universe!! Will humans discover extraterrestrial life, or will we humans be discovered by that other life? Hard to say. Perhaps we have already been discovered -- what about the many sightings of "UFOs" and occurrences such as crop circles that can't be otherwise explained? Benefits and dangers of such a discovery both exist. As benefits, I would see things like the exchange of knowledge and technology, while the dangers are pretty obvious -- we can't seem to live together peacefully as humans, what would make anybody assume that we won't expect to conquer, or end up being conquered by, extraterrestrial life?
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I think we should definitely transmit a beacon for others to find. We are listening, and extraterrestrial life may be as well. As far as the information that we should send is concerned, I will leave that to those more knowledgeable than I, but it should be something unique. We can only hope that anything out there is listening in such a way that they will be able to hear us. After all, they could be more, less or differently advanced than us here on Earth.
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I run SETI@home because I have always been interested in the concept of reaching out into Space. Running the SETI client is just my small way of contributing in a concrete way to the search for extraterrestrial life.
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