I live in London, Ontario CANADA. 55 years old. Entrepreneur.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Belief is probably not the way to put it because it suggests certainty. I'll leave that to religions! However, the statistical probabilities seem so huge given the size of the "known" universe I think it is almost certain that we are not alone.
However, the odds that we will discover other intelligent life forms or that they will discover us seems to be extremely small. Could happen tomorrow or 10,000 years from now?
Even without contact, the undeniable confirmation of other intelligent life would have profound effects on man's view of himself and particularly religions that cling to an opposite view. Probably just introduce yet more turmoil!! (but fun turmoil!)
If our many atmospheric nuclear test weren't about the best little beacons ever!, we should systematically be sending high powered radio and laser signals to "top candidate" locations. Content is not important so long as it is clearly not of natural sources, since we have no way of knowing whether another intelligence could "decode" our message.
I run SETI@home just to contribute a little to an extraordinary idea. I love the idea of millions of people everywhere on the globe contributing what they can to an adventure that could result in an enormous change in global civilization. I'm sure those running the projects have a wealth of ideas that are constrained by resources. Maybe you could get a little "contribution" thing going by national governments based on the number of SETI@home contributors from their country? Many "minor" contributions by a lot of countries might add up?