Profile: otto and carol

Personal background
where from? Panama.
age? early 30s.
occupation? IT industry.
hobbies? sci-fi, bodyboarding, stargazing...
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. sincerely, we run seti@home to give some work to the linux gateway/firewall we use.

2. it enables people to contribute otherwise unused computing power to projects they like or support. as broadband become more widespread, i hope that people will participate to an extent in which they will be vital to some projects. this could give them some power over the general direction of such projects. It would be great if seti@home and similar projects running through boinc are just the beginning of something much bigger.

3. is there a way to give the search for extraterrestrial inteligence other tools beyond radio telescope data? computing power owned by univerisities and other organizations keep increasing at a crazy rate. seti@home systems in 5 years will be twice as powerful perhaps and it does not end there either. However, our radio telescopes are against real limits, unless we go into orbit and start scanning other possible sources of thriving civilizations nearby. a very efficient civ (like we are becoming) will stop transmitting stuff into the atmosphere and thus nearby space. it is a safe assumption they will go into point-to-point communications or the equivalent. we have to search infrared and other similar to light frequencies to find traces of inteligent life in nearby space.
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