Â Â School Attending:Â Â Â Â Â Rutgers College, Rutgers Univesity
Â Â Degree:Â Â Â Â Â BS in Computer Science, minoring in Music
Â Â ETA on Graduation:Â Â Â Â Â January, 2002
Â Â Hobbies:Â Â Â Â Â Skateboarding, Snowboarding, and Tackle Twister
Â Â Turn-Ons:Â Â Â Â Â Long walks by the sea, beatiful eyes and big "brains"
Â Â Turn-Offs:Â Â Â Â Â Smoking and Bad Breathe
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Â Â Q. Do you think extraterrestrial life exists? If so, when and how will humans discover it? What are the possible benefits and dangers of such a discovery?
Â Â A. I believe that extraterrestrial life exists, and that we've already been in covert communication with it. I remember having dreams when I was about 4 or 5 years old, and I remember being taken away by short men with really big heads. However, that might have had to do with watching "The Wizard of Oz" the night before. If we do contact extraterrestrial life, it will most likely be by chance. Columbus didn't discover the new world by looking for it.
Â Â The benefits of discovery, is what you ask? My answer is this (and let's be analytical): Let's count the many ways newcomers to America exploited the Native Americans, and multiply it by 1000, and divide it by the simple moral multiplier.
Â Â Q. Should humans transmit a beacon for others to find? If so, what information should we send?
Â Â A. Sure. Let's send them the cable channel "Cartoon Planet". If they are going to be "intelligent", then they should at least have a good sense of humor too, and this should spawn their interest in creating an "intelligent" channel of communication between us and the ET's.
Â Â Q. Why do you run SETI@home? What are your views about the project? Any suggestions?
Â Â A. I run SETI@home because I enjoy being part of a team. I really credit the creators of the project with all the work they've done so far, especially in their ability to create the world's largest distributed system. If there's anything I could do to help them, then I'm all for it.