Profile: Robert Grosse

Personal background
FROM: Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
AGE: 29
OCCUPATION: Computer installations and support at University of Saskatchewan.
HOBBIES: water skiing, sailing & sail boarding, camping, photography, computers, Hi-Fi, cars, motor mechanics, swimming.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
SETI is (or at least should be) an inspiration to the scientific community. It is the first time I know of that the scientific community stopped trying to do all processing in-house and siezed the opportunity of distributive processing availble from volunteers on the internet. I find this fascinating. I think voluntary internet based distributed processing can/will take Science to the next level.

Do I think extraterrestrial life exists? Well lets just say that I keep an open mind. There is simply too much material and too many scenarios out in space to ignore the possibility. Besides, I am of the opinion that the only reason life flourished so early in the history of this planet - was because it was "seeded" by space debris (eg. meteors) caught by our gravitational pull. I think the seeds of life are everywhere out there...
Should we transmit a signal? The answer is that we have been transmitting signals for the last 60 years, so it is a little too late to decide. As far as us sending a very simple, unambiguous signal however, I think we should wait until we can defend ourselves a little better from exploitation (eg. "space pirates").
Why run seti at home? Because I get to take part in a grand scientific adventure, and be part of the first real "test" of voluntary internet based distributed computer processing. I think the seti software itself -is a major technological breakthrough!
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