I'm Robert and I live in The Netherlands. One of my many interests is SETI.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think that there is something out there, but I have my doubts of finding it with the SETI project as how it is now. Of course there is a slight chance of finding an intelligent signal but there is also a chance that our technology isn't advanced enough to pick up that (theoretical interstellar) signal we desperately want to find. But maybe if we search hard enough with as many people and computer power we can get together, one day it will happen. And if that one day comes, I'll be proud to have participated in that historical project called SETI@HOME. But for now we just have to crunch those wu's!!!
Besides that I think that governments should be investing (more) in the search of extraterrestrial live. When found it could be the biggest thing since the industrial revolution. At this moment there is far to little funds for space exploration. After the cold war the whole thing came almost to a standstill. The first man on the moon is almost 40 years ago. Since then there has happened very little. At least a decade ago we could have been standing on mars...
When mankind wants to survive in long term they should find the answer in space. The key is colonisation. Earth will get to deal again with big disasters. Big enough to wipe mankind and at least it's technology away. The few people that will outlive a big strike from an asteroid will be completely thrown back into the stone age. When we find other worlds to live we could spread our changes. Finding intelligent live in space will get (new) funds together from individual people and governments for space exploration. We are waiting for the next Columbusâ€¦