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Biography of Christine L. Peterson

Christine L. Peterson

Chris Peterson writes and lectures on new developments in technology and society that will change the context for making business decisions. As Executive Director of Foresight Institute in Palo Alto, California, she forecasts the effects of technologies ranging from advanced hypertext publishing to nanotechnology. She advises individuals and companies­from start-ups to the Fortune 100­on strategies for success in an environment of rapid technological change.

With husband K. Eric Drexler and partner Gayle Pergamit, Chris coauthored Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution (1991, Morrow), known as "the nanotechnology book to give your mom."

Chris's role as hostess-to-hightech is described in The Tomorrow Makers and Nano. More recently, she directs these skills to holding conferences and events for her favorite foundations, Foresight and IMM.

In their abundant free time, Chris and partner Gayle Pergamit have written another book (on the DesignShop process developed by MG Taylor) and run a small pseudo-business called "Get-a-Life Services" for distracted Silicon Valley wonders who can't remember to pay their taxes or go on vacations. Would-be clients keep pleading with them to make this a serious business; Chris is trying to transfer it to someone else so that she too can be a client.

Prior to her involvement with nanotechnology, Chris studied chemistry at MIT, worked on Boston's Route 128 as a semiconductor engineer and product manager, and cut her activist teeth in promoting space development to help solve environmental problems on Earth. She still serves on the Board of the National Space Society, working with their Molecular Manufacturing Shortcut Group.

And before MIT, while growing up in various parts of upstate New York, she endured so much snow that she vowed "I will never shiver again," hence her present residence in the pleasant land of Silicon Valley.

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