Christine Peterson

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Christine Peterson speaking at Gnomedex in 2009

Christine Peterson is an American forecaster, and the co-founder of Foresight Institute.[1][2] She is credited with suggesting the term "open source" when used in connection with software.[3][4][5]

Peterson holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from MIT.[1]



In 1991 she coauthored Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution with Gayle Pergamit and Eric Drexler.[6], which sketches nanotechnology's potential environmental and medical benefits as well as possible abuses. In 1997 she coauthored Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work with Gayle Pergamit.[7]


  • "Thinking Longer Term about Technology", 2009.[8]


  1. ^ a b Officers and Staff: Christine Peterson – Co-Founder & Past President, Foresight Institute. Accessed 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ Johnson, Dexter (15 February 2013). "Christine Peterson Looks into the Future of Nanotechnology". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  3. ^ History of the Open Source Initiative
  4. ^ Technology In Government, 1/e. Jaijit Bhattacharya. 2006. p. 25. ISBN 978-81-903397-4-2.
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  6. ^ Eric Drexler and Chris Peterson (with Gayle Pergamit), Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution, Morrow, 1991. Accessed 4 February 2018.
  7. ^ Chris Peterson and Gayle Pergamit, Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work, knOwhere Press, 1997. Accessed 4 February 2018.
  8. ^ Christine Peterson (22 May 2008). "Thinking Longer Term about Technology". In Erik Fisher; Cynthia Selin; Jameson M. Wetmore (eds.). Presenting Futures: Presenting futures [electronic resource]. Springer. pp. 37–50. ISBN 978-1-4020-8416-4.

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