Christine L. Peterson

Foresight Nanotech Institute VP

Preparing for Bizarreness: Open Source Physical Security
20 minutes, 9.5mb, recorded 2007-09-09
Christine L. Peterson

In a world of dangerous threats, how can individuals be protected? Are the top down approachs to security by the Department of Defense and Homeland Security up to this challenge? Is it a correct assumption that security from terrorism and other attacks will require the loss of privacy by individuals and private organizations? These are some of the questions Christine Peterson, cofounder of the Foresight Nanotech Institute, raises in this speech from the 2007 Singularity Summit.

Peterson explores the challenges of Artificial General Intelligence and questions the accepted approaches. She suggests that the open source software experience may offer a new approach. She argues that we use an open source approach to inspire us to look for ways to transfer the advantages of that process to the physical world. She defends this belief by pointing out how successful the open source community has been at correcting security vulnerabilities.

By extending the principles of open source into the physical world, Peterson wants to make physical security "bottom-up", decentralized, collaborative, and transparent. Peterson presents bottom-up sousveillance, "watching from below," as a comprehensive, ubiquitous data collection and publication for all to view. In this new approach, a citizen-controlled, privacy-oriented, verifiably limited open source approach can satisfy the security challenges of the future.

Christine Peterson is co-founder and vice president of public policy of the Foresight Nanotech Institute, the leading nanotechnology public interest group. She writes, lectures and briefs the media on nanotechnology. She directs the Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology and organizes the Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes. She also works with Freedom Technology Ventures, and serves on the advisory board of Alameda Capital, the International Council on Nanotechnology, California's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, and the editorial advisory board of NASA's Nanotech Briefs. In 1992, with K. Eric Drexler and Gayle Pergamit, she wrote Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution, and coauthored Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work with Gayle Pergamit.


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