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Science GoH: Christine Peterson of the Foresight Nanotech Institute, inventor of the term “Open Source Software”

Because Penguicon combines a science fiction convention with a festival of open source software, we don't just read about the future in science fiction, we also attract the people who are creating the future. We're thrilled to announce that Christine Peterson has accepted our invitation to be a 2007 Guest of Honor! She is experienced at giving interesting and understandable lectures to every type of audience of every proficiency level, she is a professional who is not opposed to associating with the words “science fiction”, and she's brilliant when it comes to thinking about the future.

Christine Peterson is Founder and Vice President of Public Policy for the Foresight Nanotech Institute, a not-for-profit think tank focusing on emerging technologies such as molecular nanotechnology. She heads conferences and workshops about nanotech and has a chemistry degree from MIT.

She is credited with having suggested adoption of the term “Open Source Software”.

She co-authored “Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution” with K. Eric Drexler, the Father of Nanotechnology. Full text online for free at: This is highly recommended to everyone; it's a fun read.

With Gayle Pergamit, she also co-wrote “Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work” (full text online), which is pertinent to open-source software development processes. Full text online for free at:

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