Born in 1950 and retired from US military service. I'm currently working for a major sports arena in Phoenix, AZ. Amateur radio operation is a hobby. I'm running the SETI@home program after being introduced to it by another ham.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I'm fairly sure that life is out there somewhere else in the universe. I wonder how we would be studied if ET finds us instead. I believe it wouldn't hurt to transmit from a beacon. I suggest using the "dark" side of the moon to place any beacon. I run the SETI@home program simply as a matter of helping for the search as I prefer to believe we will find some evidence of intelligent life eventually. It also uses the computer's unused cpu cycles in a wonderfully cooperative program. The concept of distributed computing is an excellent idea regardless of the subject: weather prediction, chemical reactions, proof of gravity waves, etc. I participate in both the Einstein and LHC projects also. Both of those delve into basic science which lays the foundations for future technologies.
Now excited to see the SETI program expanding to looking for coherent light signals in addition to radio frequencies.