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Christine Peterson on Singularity 1 on 1: Join Us to Push the Future in a Positive Direction

Christine PetersonChristine Peterson is not only the co-founder and past president of the Foresight Institute for Nanotechnology but also the person credited with coining the term open source software. More recently her interests have evolved to include longevity and life extension technologies and she is currently the CEO of Health Activator.

During my Singularity 1 on 1 interview with Christine Peterson we discuss a variety of topics such as: how she got interested in nanotechnology and the definition thereof; how, together with Eric Drexler, she started the Foresight Institute for Nanotechnology; her interest in life extension; Dr. Drexler’s seminal book Engines of Creation; cryonics and chemical brain preservation23andMe and other high- and low-tech tips for improved longevity; whether we should fear nanotechnology or not; the 3 most exciting promises of nanotech; women in technology; coining the term “open source” and using Apple computers; the technological singularity and her take on it…

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Who is Christine Peterson?

Christine Peterson writes, lectures, and briefs the media on coming powerful technologies, especially longevity and nanotechnology. She is CEO of HealthActivator, which provides online videoconferences on science-based health, brain fitness, and longevity.

She is Co-Founder and Past President of Foresight Institute, the leading nanotech public interest group. Foresight educates the public, technical community, and policymakers on nanotechnology and its long-term effects.

She serves on the Advisory Board of the International Council on Nanotechnology, the Editorial Advisory Board of NASA’s Nanotech Briefs, and the Advisory Board of Singularity Institute, and served on California’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology.

She has often directed Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology, organized Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes, and chaired Foresight Vision Weekends.

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 humanity and Earth’s environment 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 including open source software, a term she is credited with originating.

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  • CM Stewart

    Thank you, Ms. Peterson and Nikola, for the self-testing reminders. Self-testing is now a personal priority. And thanks for the reminder that getting involved in the future is crucial!

  • You are most welcome Cynthia!

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    Nikola – I wanted to tell you this was probably one of my favorite interviews. There was another with a guy whos name i cant recall as well – The reason why may be a little strange. I was spending the entire time taking notes. There were so many references to technologies, websites, events, etc that I was practically frothing at the mouth with interest and appreciation. That’s when I realized why I listen to this Podcast. I want to be kept informed of new technologies. New websites to subscribe to (newsletters), companies and people to “follow” and new products out there. To me, (and I don’t know if I am alone in this) … this is what makes your podcasts so useful. There have been a lot of people in your interviews that are involved in certain areas of technology, but the conversation focused moreso on the philosophy of the singularity, their opinion of the singularity, and other less concrete topics. I have found myself constantly wishing these people could discuss their actual work, and what they’re doing. Granted this is a singularity weblog so of course the topic must be discussed! But I hope that there will be more interviews like this one, packed full of resources and references to whats currently out there, and whats coming soon. Where to get it, where to read about it, etc. To me this makes the podcasts much more “interactive”. 23andme, nano pores, get your telomeres measured, Flux Block blue light blocker for your monitor, the benefits of sequencing your genome today, Personalized Life Extension conferences and online videos to watch, Zeo Sleep monitor, Nero Feedback Positive Brainwave, Zerostate.net …. this interview and another one with a guy who’s name I can’t recall – these were my notes. Loved it! Please consider putting heavy focus on the work they’re doing, the resources they know about, etc. Thanks for listening to my (as always) unsolicited feedback 🙂

  • Thank you friend!

    Your input is very valuable to me and I will keep it in mind and try to give you more of what you like.

    Your take on things is always welcome and interesting because I have a few personal lessons I have taken for myself during my blogging and podcasting career:

    1. I am absolutely unable to predict which of my interviews will be more popular and which ones will be less.

    2. I do have my own favorites, but I am always amazed how diverse the “favorite” interviews are. I have done over 100 episodes and pretty much every episode is someone’s “most favorite” episode.

    This never stops to amaze me but, it is also what makes it so interesting.

    Likewise, some people like more in-depth discussion with tons of specifics. Others appreciate the macro view – the philosophy, the theory, the big picture.

    So, if I’ve learned anything at all, it is that I must keep providing a diverse set of interviews, on diverse topics, with diverse people and conversations spanning the minute details all the way up to the big picture. And, this is what I am trying to give you for free. (Though I really must figure out how to pay my bills too… 😉

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