Profile: Fred Etzinger

Personal background

I am a computer science/business student going to Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario.

I've seen Carl Sagan's award winning series Cosmos many times and I was inspired to sign up for SETI@home again after 3 years away from it.

I enjoy good music, playing guitar, reading, computing, contemplating the cosmos, mexican food, and like-minded people.

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. If luck exists, so do aliens... I think we'll discover extraterrestrial intelligence (or at least life) within my lifetime, through some means of inter-stellar communications detection like SETI. The benefits of discovery would be the obsolesence of a lot of doubt in the world. Which might also be a danger too.

2. I think we should send a beacon. Why not. Any civilization that is able to destroy us, and thus make the transmission a foolish idea, would not do so. Why not? The discovery of alien life (in this case, us) is so incredibly rare, why would aliens destroy something so rare, which takes so much effort to find, and which poses no threat (since it can be destroyed in the first place). YES to a beacon!

3. I run SETI@home because i feel honoured to have my comptuers working alongside millions of others and as part of such a worthwhile and interesting endeavour.
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