Profile: Frank & Stein

Personal background
Born and raised in Wisconsin, USA. Educated as a mechanical engineer. First full-time job involved extensive travel within the US and abroad. Ten years, twenty countries, and many, many miles later I have started a family and a new job with very little travel. As much as I've enjoyed many of my travels, there's no other place I'd rather live.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
"Do you think extraterrestrial life exists?" Yes. Whether or not we'll ever discover it depends on whether or not we continue advancing without killing ourselves. I figure the odds are pretty slim of meeting up with a form of life on par with our own. Scientific folks think the universe has been around some 10 billion years or more. Humans have been around for far less than one million years. That's a mere split second in the universe's time. If we discover others, my guess is we'll be the "relatively advanced" ones. If they discover us (and don't die laughing), I'm certain they'll be way ahead of us. Who knows what could happen from there?

"Should humans transmit a beacon for others to find?" Why not? If someone receives it and comes to investigate, they'll be much farther along than we are. In my view, any intelligence far enough along to travel the stars will likely have enough smarts to be peaceful. They'd probably see us as so primitive that they wouldn't make contact.

"Why do you run SETI@home?" It's something to do while sharing a great sense of camaraderie with fellow members of our SETI team. Also an excuse (albeit a poor one) to spend more money on computers.
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