The extent of habitable space within all space can serve as a determinant of the plausibility of naturalism vs intelligent design.
The SEETI thinkers are looking for signs of intention. Even in global death, they believe they could separate natural causes from intelligent causes.
Most SETI advocates stringently oppose intelligent design even as they rely on it.
Kenneth Singer at Case Western Reserve trained an AI neural network on a million photos, and then on the brush strokes of four renditions of a flower.
“The selection of one such possibility out of the combinatorically large number of possibilities is a process that requires information.”