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Researchers No Longer Need Your PC's Help to Look for Aliens: SETI@home Halted

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In May 1999 researchers from the Berkeley SETI Research Center outed its SETI@home distributed computing project, which sought the help of the public's computers to process radio signals in hopes of finding signs of alien life forms. The project has been running for nearly 21 years, but this week the researchers announced it is shutting it down on March 31. 

On the SETI@home home page, the Berkeley researchers said the project was going into "hibernation" because they have enough data. 

"Scientifically, we're at the point of diminishing returns; basically, we've analyzed all the data we need for now," the page says. 

Additionally, the researchers said that managing the distributed processing of data is a lot of work and that now want to focus on the back-end analysis of the obtained results so that it can be written into a scientific paper.

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Distributed computing projects such as SETI@home or folding@home (which is currently being used to research a cure for coronavirus) rely on the public to donate their computer's leftover processing power, allowing them to access the power of a supercomputer but without the associated costs. 

Anyone that has been running SETI@home is advised to find another BOINC-based project for donating their computer's resources.

What this means for the findings isn't yet known, so if you want to know whether SETI@home resulted in the discovery of extraterrestrial lifeforms, you'll have to wait for the researchers to finish writing their scientific paper.

  • Dark Lord of Tech
    NO NEED to look and gather new data when they walk among us!
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  • Deicidium369
    Do not talk about Us, We don't like it when primitive civilizations talk about Us.
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  • spentshells
    Dark Lord of Tech said:
    NO NEED to look and gather new data when they walk among us!

    they were told to stop
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  • Chung Leong
    Projections of my subconscious finally realize their effort is futile. There's no life out there. There is no out there. I'm the only life in existence.
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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    We live under the firmament , your correct there is no real out there.
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  • GetSmart
    More than likely we are the youngest civilization in the galaxy and still depended on radio. The rest of the highly advenced civilizations in the galaxy have already moved on beyond radio. Just too slow for interstellar communications.

    Another thing is that only powerful radio transmissions aimed precisely at our direction (towards Earth) can be picked up.
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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    This planet has regressed , it was once more highly evolved.
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  • GetSmart
    More like Earth had many civilizations that rise and fall in the distant past. Once upon a time, we had civilizations that easily moved precisely cut multi-ton stones in their building construction. Today we used more human hands manageable small bricks, cement and concrete. Regression is real...
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