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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that humanity is not the only critter to inhabit the universe. I suspect the probability of finding ET's via radio observations is very low, but definitely greater than zero.
Given the vastness of space, the magnitude of electromagnetic emissions, and the limitations of current technology, the concept of distributed computing appears to be most reasonable.
I believe the primary success of the seti@home project will not be the discovery of ET phoning home, but rather a clear demonstraion of the viability of distributed computing in tackling enormous compute-bound scenarios. But, I would be absolutely delighted if my machine were the first to confirm a long distance chat from an ET(g).