I'm an Australian heavily into technology, space, sci-fi and philosophy. Big fan of the work of Carl Sagan and Frank Drake.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I know its definitely a long shot trying to prove the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life using radio waves, but I've come to the conclusion that its worth a try. For years I was cynical. I thought that Jodie Foster movie was terrible. But to be honest I can't think of any other way that I participate beyond modifying an 80s speak and spell and pointing it at the sky.
I think our own radio emissions are evidence that the our concept of privacy is something of an illusion. Unless they are deliberately hiding (which I think is definitely a possibility) I believe should be able to, in some way, detect ET's presence whether it is using today's technology to detect faint radio signals from many light years away or some future method. But my greatest fear is to die wondering, so I'm jumping on board. Nothing is black and white for me, I'll strive to search through as much data as humanly possible while I'm still on this earth.
There is so much to mystery in our universe, even our own solar system is filled with interesting things to discover. We are going nowhere with our planet, overpopulating, abusing it and riding it into the ground. Looking outside to see what the future holds for our species is a start in the right direction. We can learn so much about life from science and the study of intelligence on our own planet, what things about life could we learn from distant brothers in space ? Perhaps some have evolved beyond all things war, oil, nuclear, meaningless entertainment and excessive self indulgence.
Anyway, I'm a big fan of the Parkes telescope and have visited this wonderful piece of Australian ingenuity several times. I'd really love to see it used to conduct extensive SETI@home searches on the southern sky .... I can only dream.