I live in Sweden and work as an electronics engineer. I do not really believe in UFOs as they are pictured by many people that seem to have aliens as 'religion'. My deep Christian belief probably makes that hard. However there seems to be some chance that there are other intelligent spices in the huge universe we are living in. The SETI way of finding them is probably not the best but if we donâ€™t try we will never find anything.
It is a bit fun to look at the statistics and try to climb past others in some kind of friendly competition. It is hard to find more new fast computers to dedicate to SETI but both my office and home computer try to calculate as fast as possible.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. Do you think extraterrestrial life exists? If so, when and how will humans discover it? What are the possible benefits and dangers of such a discovery?
There are probably life somewhere but I think the possibilities for intelligent life are very small. It will take hundreds of years before we can find anything, if there are anything to find at all.
2. Should humans transmit a beacon for others to find? If so, what information should we send?
I would consider humans as hostile. Any alien race we encounter could be even worse. It would probably be best if we could hide until we know more.
3. Why do you run SETI@home? What are your views about the project? Any suggestions?
The whole project is very unlikely to succeed, but if we donâ€™t try we will never find anything. The future will most likely produce ways of searching that are thousands times better. Then we might stand a chance.