I am an 18 year old university student from Sydney, Australia. I'm currently in 2nd year at the University of Sydney. I'm planning to major in Physics, and be one of the many people who seem to want to do astrophysics (uh oh, because there aren't many jobs).
My hobbies include playing guitar and songwriting, snow skiing (but I only really get to go about once every 2 years), and cricket. Cricket is by far my favourite sport (followed by basketball), and for some weird reason I follow the Zimbabwe team.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I think extraterrestrial life exists for sure, definitely microbes and that kind of stuff. I have no idea when or where we'll find it. There should be other intelligent life out there but it would probably be much rarer. I'm very interested in the Kepler mission to find Earth-like planets around other stars, once we know how common they are we'll be quite a lot more certain about how likely it is.
2. I thought we already had?
3. I run SETI@home because it's worth a try looking for the radio signals, there probably are some, but unfortunately we could easily miss them because it only surveys a small part of the sky and not continuously. It also doesn't even noticably slow down my computer so that's also good.