Profile: Retvari Zoltan

Personal background
I live in Budapest, Hungary. I was born in 1969. My favourite animals are cats, I make gigs of digital photos of them... Actually I'm working in the IT business as a system administrator/hardware technician.
I'm running SETI@Home on a couple of PCs as a backup project.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I'm sure that extraterrestrial life exists in many forms, and I'm sure that some of them can be understood by mankind, but some of them not.
Life-forms similar to ours, can possibly be discovered in the near future by listening to radio signals from the sky.
But it could be too late, because the speed of light is too slow for communication between galaxies or even stars.
Life-forms different from ours, however, cannot be discovered by radio signals, so we have to figure out something else, but maybe they are far beyond our imagination...
The benefits of such discovery depend on what we will find. Until we don't find something, we can't know what benefits this discovery might have.
Discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life would reduce the number of solutions of the Fermi paradox.
But the dangers of such discover depend on us: religious or mass-psychic problems etc.
Actually we are transmitting many radio signals, which can be easily detected in the solar system, and other stars (possibly harboring life) are too far for radio signals. (So I don't think we should transmit anything special) At first we have to figure out some unmistakable way of communication, because our own concepts or words might not make any sense to ETs. Mathematics is a good choice for that purpose, I think that this science is independent from life-forms, and any intelligent life-forms have same ideas about mathematics. So if we choose to transmit something, we have to transmit some basic mathematical information, which cannot be a natural phenomenon. (like in the book and movie 'Contact'.)
I run SETI@Home, because I like the idea of using computer idle time for scientific purposes.
BOINC is a great project, because it unifies the power of small computers through the internet to be the biggest supercomputer in IT history; and it also unifies the people of the world, for one common purpose: to aid science.
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