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Seti@Home – One Million Packets

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Conspiracy
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setiBack in the day when just getting started this would have been a big deal… Computer these days can crank out one more, but at 1 million samples, I fell like i have done my duty in the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.

If there are ET’s out there? Please don’t laugh at us… Yes we are consumed by galactically trivial things like the stock market and how many cars we own, but there are many of us just trying to make it to the next day…

I say, if you need a target, search out the 2%’ers, they are fat and far more tasty than us 98%’ers… Yes I know, slim pickings but, they are the Wagyu of this planet!

For those who don’t know what Seti@Home is.. Here is the net-net

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver’s electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity. Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power.

Previous radio SETI projects have used special-purpose supercomputers, located at the telescope, to do the bulk of the data analysis. In 1995, David Gedye proposed doing radio SETI using a virtual supercomputer composed of large numbers of Internet-connected computers, and he organized the SETI@home project to explore this idea. SETI@home was originally launched in May 1999.

We are looking for space bugs (aliens) who are more than likely millions of years more advanced than we do with a technology that was relevant when we started (radio), irrelevant today, and by the time it gets to an ET, equivalent of the echo of a stone tablet being carved in todays technology. We probably wouldn’t even hear it because we aren’t even listening.

I have enjoyed the SETI project very much but with the knowledge we have today, and the technology we need to attempt to listen for ET’s, we might as well spend the energy elsewhere. Not giving up faith, just the power cycles required to run this program.