ET Calling?

An unexplained radio signal from deep space could — just might be — contact from an alien civilization, New Scientist magazine reported on Thursday.

The potentially extraterrestrial signals were picked up through the SETI+home project, which uses programs running as screensavers on millions of personal computers worldwide to sift through the huge amount of data picked up by the telescope.

I participated in the Seti@home project for about a year. It was a blast but my stuff went nowhere. When I set up an internet server on my PC, SETI had to go.

This would be SO cool if it’s true! I have been advocating spending more money on SETI projects than going to asteroids and Mercury for a reason, radio waves travel a lot faster than man is going to for a long, long time. We can actually possibly contact other intelligent life out there via communications. It is fairly cheap to do, and the results could happen in our lifetime that proves there is life out there instead of spending decades at a time looking for microbes on Mars.

I’m not going to get my hopes up on ET calling, just yet anyway. But if it is what they think it might be, that would be the coolest, most exciting thing to happen to man since he started walking upright. The social ramifications to an Earthcentric religion based belief system would be shattered instantly. And for the sake of man, it needs to be.


Follow-up:

SETI@home Signal Story Sees Much More Than Meets the Eye
By Seth Shostak

Alas, this story is misleading. According to Dan Werthimer, who heads up the UC Berkeley SERENDIP SETI project, this is a case of a reporter failing to understand the workings of their search. He says that misquotes and statements taken out of context give the impression that his team is exceptionally impressed with one of the many candidate signals, SHGb02+14a, uncovered using the popular SETI@home software. They are not.

Pretty much what I expected, but I’m still hanging on.