Profile: Erik Peterson


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Personal background
I grew up on Star Trek every night at 5, and Walter Cronkite telling me how it was at 6. I served in the Air Force for 5 years as a Mainform Computer System Operator. I am currently an Air Traffic Controller at the "Worlds Busiest Air Traffic Control Facility" nestled in a non-descript governemt building amongst the cornfields outside of Cleveland.

My hobbies are sailing, ham radio, online multi-player gaming, hammered dulcimer.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
There is no doubt in my mind that there is life beyond our world. Until we begin to explore outside our solar system, though, we will have to rely on someone contacting us. The benefits and concerns of discovering other life will shake our beliefs to the core.

We should be transmitting a beacon "out there". I think the beaconing of a signal in the frequency we are searching with SETI@home sounds the most promising.

The concept of shared computing power is one of the most intriguing developements for home computer usage and the Internet, ever. In my desire to support the concept, I have installed SETI@home on every computer I come across.

The only suggestion I would offer would be to share more information on signals that we have detected, in more laymans terms. Make some pretty charts and maps of the sky, and you will get even more support from the public.

Keep up the great work! Wonderful times are ahead for us!
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