My name is Jade Hamilton. I work for a manufacturing company in Tennessee. I work as a CAD Operator, LAN Adminstrator, Parts Inventory Control Manager, IT Support, and Shipping/Recieving Control as well. All of this is included under my official title as Information & Documentation Manager.
I have been involved in the Seti@home project for several years now, and have it running on several computers at home. Though I feel chances of actually locating a perfect signal are remote, I figure why not look anyway and at the same time do my part to help others in their dreams of actually make contact.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that there is exhisting extraterrestrial life that does exhist, but I believe that if humans do discover it, it will be by a mistake that they do under assumtion that the extraterrestrial life we are looking for are what most would believe to be far advanced by our standards. I feel that if true contact were made, it would be by their initiation when the human species as a whole has reached not only a mental capcacity for, but a more technological state of exhistance than we now have. As for their possible level of communication, I seriously doubt that they would use any type of radio signal to communicate. More than likely it would be by some form of light or extereme microwave frequency or perhaps some other technology we have yet to discover. This feeling is based upon the sheer distances involved in space itself that there would be a need to have a way to communicate in a nearer to real time that waiting the long amount of time to transmit a signal in ways we now understand. (Equivalency of dial-up or serial compared to broadband or satellite)
As for us transmitting a signal, it do not believe we should. There is enough over-signal missing our satellites now that if they too really are looking, they will discover us soon enough, if they have not already. As for what we classify what we know as UFO's are infact the real thing (and I believe some are) that they are likely from a species that has discovered us and are 'observing' us to determine if we are advanced in technology enough to understand them when contact is made.