Profile: Paul McMullin

Personal background
I'm an American-born computer scientist who grew up reading
science fiction, hoping to one day move into space to work
and live. With the direction that NASA/"the space program"
have taken of late, I believe that my most probable route
to living space now will be by way of an "alien abduction".
I'm participating in the SETI search in the hope that my
efforts might contribute to this unlikely event.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. Do you think extraterrestrial life exists?
I'm 100% sure that SETI exists. We're not "unique" enough!

If so, when and how will humans discover it?
I doubt that we'll discover any in my lifespan. For that
matter, I would settle for discovering "intelligent life"
right here on Earth!

What are the possible benefits and dangers of such a discovery?
I think that most of the danger will come from the
fear and alarm that "the general population" will
have, and from the "exploitation" that will be made
of the discovery if it ever comes.

2. Should humans transmit a beacon for others to find?
It would be cool to do so, but sending any meaningful
sort of beacon would take an incredible amount of energy.
This is something that will be easier to accomplish after
we've "robotized" a fair amount of the solar system.
(Again, probably NOT in my lifetime!)

If so, what information should we send?
Anything but "I Love Lucy" re-runs.

3. Why do you run SETI@home?
I get to participate in "legitimate science"!

What are your views about the project?
Coolest thing I've seen on the net by far!

Any suggestions?
Provide buttons on the "class of xxx day" pages
to sort the tables on each column. Also, document
some of the variety of systems running SETI for
you. What sort of machines are those that average
a result in less than one hour?
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