Born and lived in southern Saskatchewan, Canada for the first ten years of my life. Since then I've managed to survive in the very different country of the USA for seven years. I've freshly graduated from High School and am preparing to enter university in pursuit of a BS in Computer Information Systems at Ferris State University this fall.
I became strongly interested in computers in eighth grade when we bought a Dell V350 with a Pentium II processor that was capable of actual PPP Internet connections instead of the old Telnet shell I'd considered to be the web for a couple of years.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that life exists elsewhere, but I have to wonder in what form or if it has the ability to think. I find it hard to look at the stars and not think that on at least one of them sits something alive either looking up and wondering or growing beneath them.
On the other hand I have to quote Douglas Adams just to give an opposing view. "It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets of the whole Universecan be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that nay people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."
Humans should most definitaly not transmit a beacon, earth should. We believe we are technologically advanced yet everything we have is founded upon a relatively simplistic ball of dirt and rock. Before we dream of taking on new worlds it should be our mission to transform our own world for the better, instead of continuing in our current direction of self-destruction.
Why do I run SETI@Home? I started to just have a cool screensaver, then it became a benchmark for PCs that I built and sold. Now I use it partly to know that my machines are being used for something of purpose, and also to make sure I get my money's worth out of my electric, Internet, and parts bills.