Christine Peterson

Dr. Christine Peterson writes, lectures, and briefs the media on coming powerful technologies, especially nanotechnology. She is cofounder and President of Foresight Institute, a nonprofit which educates the public, technical community, and policymakers on nanotechnology and its long-term effects. She directs theÊForesight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology, organizes theÊForesight Institute Feynman Prizes, and chairs theÊForesight Gatherings. She lectures on nanotechnology to a wide variety of audiences, focusing on making this complex field understandable, and on clarifying the difference between near-term commercial advances and the "Next Industrial Revolution" arriving in the next few decades. Her work is motivated by a desire to help Earth's environment and traditional human communities avoid harm and instead benefit from expected dramatic advances in technology. This goal of spreading benefits led to an interest in new varieties of intellectual property includingÊopen source software, a term she is credited with originating. Wearing her for-profit hat, she works with Freedom Technology Ventures LLC to (1) advise investors on evaluating startups in nanotech and other key technologies, and (2) help entrepreneurs improve their plans and locate funding. She also serves on theÊAdvisory Board of Alameda Capital. With Eric Drexler and Gayle Pergamit, she wrote Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution (Morrow, 1991,Êfull text online), which sketches nanotechnology's potential environmental and medical benefits as well as possible abuses. An interest in group process led to coauthoring Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work (knOwhere Press, 1997,full text online) with Gayle Pergamit. Christine holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from MIT. She is single and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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