Hi, this is SteveG from Baltimore, MD. I work for a large communications company, in the marketing department. Even as a kid I was fascinated with science, if it hadn't been for my poor math skills I may have pursued that as a career. I'm a webmaster for several sites, including one containing space resources: http://pointme.to/space Hobbies include reading, watching (and occasionally playing) sports, playing with my dogs, swimming, and working out.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Do you think extraterrestrial life exists? If so, when and how will humans discover it?
Yes, I do believe that we are not alone in the universe. I don't think we will make the discovery as much as someone out there will "discover" us.
What are the possible benefits and dangers of such a discovery?
Major philosophical dangers. We can't even get along amongs ourselves on our own planet today, imagine what will happen if a race of people were to establish communications and want to colonize here? Religious conflicts will arise as well. It would be foolish to assume that a race from another planet would have the same religous beliefs as the people of Earth.
Should humans transmit a beacon for others to find? If so, what information should we send?
Yes, we should. We should send a greeting that says "You're not alone in the universe, there is someone out here who wants to be friends, talk to us."
Why do you run SETI@home? What are your views about the project? Any suggestions?
Always fascintaed with science and this gives me the chance to be part of something as a contributer. The project makes positive use of the Internet and the available computer power, increasing the likelihood that a signal can be discovered.