Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen donated $30 million for SETI to create an array of 42 radio telescopes in the search for E.T. Over the years SETI has used thousands of other telescopes in their search, but the equipment was usually on loan from other institutions. This array will allow researches to investigate a million different stars and billions of radio channels in their search.
Researchers are still fine tuning the devices, but are hopeful that this array will allow them to more thoroughly search the sky.
Like most people I am optimistic about finding intelligent life on other planets, but not ready to start brushing up on my Klingon and Vulcan, just yet. While I would love to see it happen in my lifetime the universe is a pretty big place and I think it will be quite a while before we have the technological capabilities to find life out there.On the other hand I commend those that keep trying and wish them the best of luck ; nothing ventured, nothing gained.