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Wednesday, January 14, 2004
 
Tapping the Grid: Interview with David Anderson :: Astrobiology Magazine :: Search for Life in the Universe
Tapping the Grid: Interview with David Anderson :: Astrobiology Magazine :: Search for Life in the Universe: "For David Anderson, Project Leader for the SETI@home distributed computing program, one of his favorite quotes is from the German poet, Rilke, who describes how difficult it can be to see the future. 'As people were long mistaken about the motion of the sun, so they are even yet mistaken about the motion of that which is to come. The future stands firm . . . but we move in infinite space. How should it not be difficult for us?'

When the screensaver project was conceived at a Christmas party in 1994, the future of large-scale, distributed computing seemed entirely unproven. In the ensuing nine years, their team's task was to prove it could be done. "

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