Retired MD, astronomer, Extra Class Ham operator (KG7TXI), RPI and Arduino tinkerer. Currently drive a semi to keep the boredom from overtaking me. Used to could do a lot, now with early Alzheimer's trying to keep my mind.
Your opinions about BOINC
Given a few minutes of perusing the Hubble extreme deep (HEDF) field it simply defies credibility that there are not multiple civilizations within that tiny slice of the Universe not to mention the incomprehensible vastness in the other 99.99999 % of the sky. Yeah I know that timing is a big issue. Look at our great technoepoch, less than 200 years of industrial development (?) and we are well on the way to extinguishing life on this planet. No doubt other "civilizations" have come and gone. but even allowing for the smallest fraction of possible survivors, there are inhabited star systems with intra and inter system travel (probably outside of Einsteinian space).
I have personally seen light from a 12 billion year old quasar and seen at least 100 galaxies at once in the field of my telescope. Paltry in comparison to the thousands in the HEDF and the other Deep field views.
I truly, if not naively, believe that the sole hope for humanity is through interaction with another extraterrestrial species. Whether by direct help or even through confirmed knowledge that they exist. My deepest wish is that it is not when they find our lifeless world glowing in the faint residue of nuclear detonation or a frigid lifeless ice planet resulting at the end of the Global Warming juggernaut.
If we could find hard evidence, when one of these data streams yield a discrete signal from a range we could respond to it will be the catalyst to stimulate our collective will to protect this precious space ship upon which we sail the seas of the cosmos. If not, I fear we are ultimately lost. Doomed as Ozymandias to have our dead works rule over vast desolation.
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.” Ozymandius, P.B. Shelley
Bleak as a world view but it seems that we are too busy hurtling forward to look into the chasm that awaits. So this program and others that try to sift from the noise that one ray of hope are vital indeed. I have been away for a while but now am back and will bring more and more of my RPI's online in the quest.