I'm a Silicon Valley dot-com techie who grew up in Chicago and migrated to California. I live at a nudist resort south of San Jose and work in the valley doing mostly server side programming for an Internet app. My hobbies include playing volleyball, guitar, and lately Xbox. I also enjoy being active outside doing typical California type stuff such as trail running, rollerblading, biking, etc.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I'm confident extraterrestrial life exists. If there is a signal out there, I think we'll find it within the next few years. I think we may even find more than one signal from completely different systems. The question is, when we do find it, will people except it? The ramifications of such a profound discovery are unpredictable at best. The only real danger will come from the reactions of the people whose entire belief system has been turned upside down.
2. Should humans transmit a beacon? Well, I think its a little late for that question, however I think we should transmit an intentional beacon, as well as a reply beacon to any signal we should come across. Whatever we send, it should be self-explanatory.
3. I run SETI because I want to be a part of this exciting project in some small way. The project is exciting not just because they are searching for ET, but because they are also breaking new ground in the area of Internet based massively parallel supercomputing.