As a child of the 60s, I have always been interested in NASA and space. On a chance visit to the Greenbank Radio Observatory in West Virginia, I met Carl Sagan before Cosmos ever aired. I was instantly entranced by his telling the story of science and this little program known as SETI. I was into ham radio in those days and my mind was BLOWN with the possibilities.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think extraterrestrial life exists in some form. If you apply chaos theory to biology, the Universe demands life in all forms. The benefits of the discovery will diminish political boundaries and will help unify humanity after a short period of hysteria.
It would be, hands down, the single most important discovery, ever. I can't even fathom what event or discovery could top it.
I am not a big advocate of sending signals at this point. We have seen how hard it is to dig up ONE signal. Sending blindly would probably not yield any results. I think AFTER we receive a signal, responding would be important because then we would know two important things; location and format.
I run SETI because I want to be apart of it. When we make a discovery, at least my contribution will have been to weed out the "silent" units.