|I live and work in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. For a living, I work for an Internet provider. I am studying computer programming/analyst at NBCC. After that, who knows! I would like to go on and work towards a Computer Science degree, but one step at a time. I actively run other BOINC projects such as, Rosetta@home, GPUGrid, World Community GRID, and Spinhenge@home.|
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|It is entirely possible that ET is out there. Weather or not this is actually the case is another question. But if they are, why have they not tried to contact us? It is possible they could have some type of Prime Directive, similar to that of Star Trek. However, I do believe that we should continue to monitor radio waves, in hopes ET is trying to find us. The urge to explore is almost unstoppable.|
On the other side of the coin, it is also entirely possible that ET is NOT out there. The current answer to that question is "We Don't Know".
I started SETI@home when I was 17, on May 6th, 2001. After all this time, I have seen the project evolve, and evolve it has! I actually had dial up for a very long time while crunching for SETI. What an annoyance that was! I enjoy the community, and the friendly competition.
I run SETI @home because I want to find ET, not for fame and fortune, I want to find ET for the human race. And, I believe, that we will find him in the near future. All we have to do is keep trying, and never give up!
But lets think about it for a second. What of we really are alone. What if we are some cosmic mishap. We will never fine ET, because he is simply not out there. Somewhat of a paradox. It came to me one day, when I was sitting in my Calculus class. We will continue to look for an alien civilization, even though there is nothing out there.
Another Paradox, I forget what it is called, is assuming there is an alien civilization out there, but they are still trying to figure out how the wheel works. Odds are, we may never make first contact, even though they are still out there. Now, someday, we might, when we figure out how to travel faster than light, with out the temperal (time) effects. As you near the speed of light, time slows down. at the speed of light, time stops, and if you can exceed the speed of light, we think that you will go back in time.
After taking this into consideration, I still believe that as a teenager interested in math and science, that it is my obligation to aid in the search for ET.
SETI has also taught me more about computers. I am competitive by nature, and when I founded my team, The Commonwealth, I decided to get another Athlon XP to crunch with. And from playing around with those two computers, I have Networked them, and learned a lot. I also have arranged a SETI/Boinc Farm, consisting of the above computers. Now that i finally have high speed internet, I can keep them connected 24/7. My next project, is to try and build a Linux based cluster to crunch with.
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