Profile: Steven V. Duran

Personal background
United States Navy, IBM, Manator, Digital, ABB... Electrical Engineer with a Camera! Loves fast cars, exotic women, chocolate, champagne and strawberries. These are a few of my favorite things. Always wondered: how fast, how far, how to create perfection.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Extraterrestrial life exist... I think it would be harder to prove that extraterestrial life does not exist. A great man once said, "Billions Upon Billions of Stars..." I think this was a very small estimate. Yes we should absolutely send a beacon for others to find. It's important we get as much assistance as quickly as possible. We have so many problems here on earth that an advanced race or species is far more likely to have solutions for than we. Start with a short binary count, then a short progression of primes, then follow this up with a series of known true equations, finally ask repeatedly for some correction to our understanding of the theory of relativity. Then we can finally get off this rock. Why do I run SETI@HOME, I would like to be the first human to identify a true extraterrestrial civilization. This project is essential to the expansion of our knowlege and understanding of the Universe. Maybe we won't identify a signal in my lifetime, but I think that it is more likely that intelligent signals are nearly everywhere and constant. We just can't understand them because the background energy of the Universe causes to much interference, not to mention we are restricted to searching for a fundamentally human like signal. A good example would be, if Christopher Columbus had a walkie-talkie, how good of an HDTV picture would he receive? My suggestion is we continue to capture and record as much of this data as possible, and when we finally find our Rosetta Stone the Universe will welcome us with open arms.

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