I am 51 years old, originally from New York and now living in the DC metropolitian area. I am a Contracts Manager by profession, currently unemployeed but looking!
I enjoy motorcycle riding and flying.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I believe that there must be other life-forms outside our own. My the law of chances, some are probably more advanced and some less so. We will probably make our first contact after we begin to master space flight and begin to reach ouit to the stars. I think it was a mistake to abandon space flight after the Apollo moon landings. We could have had bases on the moon by now!!!
As we on Earth are searching for life "out there", I can only assume that any life elsewhere with the technology will also be looking for other life-forms. So i think that we should send out a signal for them to find, just as we hope to find their signal. I do not know what is best, as I am a layman, but a cyclic series of numbers would probably be best to show that the signal is not random noise.
Why do I run SETI at Home? Because I believe we are not alone and that finding and contacting others can only expand our horizons. Perhaps they will help us achieve world peace or control the weather to prevent floods and drought and help us end hunger. I don't know what we will find. But I for one am curious.
I imagine SETI project is probably a dull affair of receiving signals and searching for the "magic" one that has a pattern of intelligence. Like most detectiive work, it it probably tedious with little reward. My reward is to share my computer to help process the data.