Re: SETSIs (was Re: seti@home WILL NOT WORK)

Doug Jones (
Fri, 09 Jul 1999 10:45:31 -0700

Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
> Now, it would appear that the development time for a technological
> civilization from the pre-radio stage to the post-singularity stage
> is ~100 years on a planet similar to ours.


> So, for the SETI@home project to work, as has been suggested, by
> "evesdropping" on similar level civilizations, they would have to
> be within ~100 light years of us.

Not quite, I think- the ETIs must only have been broadcasting at the appropriate time vs distance. If a civilization 950 ly away trancended 900 years ago, their "fossil" emissions would still be wafting over us. This increases the number of possible hits significantly.

Doug Jones
Will design rockets for food.