On August, 19th, 2004 the Spanish-language SETI@Home site, AstroSETI.com, published an interview with Professor Dan Werthimer
, director of the
SERENDIP SETI program and chief scientist of SETI@home at the University of California, Berkeley.
The interview gives an interesting look inside the operations of the SERENDIP program and provides a tantalizing glimpse into the future of SETI
Interview with Dan Werthimer
: You're working with Optical Seti too, searching small star brightness variations, not really produced by the star but for laser
beams. Do we know the basics methods - radio and light - any advanced civilization should use for insterstelar communications, or should we expect to
discover better ones in the future?
: The best thing earthling's know about for interstellar communication is electromagnetic waves. There may be something better -
we are a young emerging civilization. But we know that radio and laser technology can communicate across the galaxy, so we should try.
: What's your personal Drake's equation result?
: My guess is that the galaxy is teaming with primitive life, but advanced civilizations are much more rare - perhaps 10,000 per
: SETI Institute expects to find an ET signal within 25 years according to the ATA telescope bigger range if there are a reasonable
number of civilizations. What's your bet for the first contact?
: 50 to 100 years. We're just getting in the game now, but capabilities are doubling every year.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
is a heavy-hitting SETI@Home team. Its 1,200 members have contributed 600,000 work units
and will probably make the top 100 overall teams when the final snapshot of SETI@Home classic is retired and the BOINC programs takes over. Way to go
Our ATS team is no slouch, and all the members should be proud of the work we have done. Keep those work units comin'!