I'm a 17-year-old guy living in the Mid-Michigan area. I've used SETI@home before, but I thought that I'd install it again on my newer, faster computer to make better use of it. I'm glad to help a service like this, and I think that it's a great use of moneyâ€”better, of course than a warâ€”and projects like this, harnessing the mass of computing power unused by the population of the Earth, could be very powerful if used right.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think that extraterrestrial life has to exist. There are so many other planets out there; there are too many, in my mind, for some form of life not to exist. Whether or not extraterrestrial intelligence exists, on the other hand, is open for debate. Life forms from another planet may be as primitive as single-celled organisms, or more complex than anything ever seen by human eyes. In either case, all that really matters is that the lifeâ€”intelligent, benign, warlike, whatever it isâ€”is found and studied. Using the forms of life on other planets as a basis for comparison, I believe that we can learn much, much more than we already know about life on Earth, which we really don't have that good of a grasp on.