Day Two Speaker: Christine Peterson

Christine Peterson is Vice President of Foresight Nanotech Institute and she talked about how we can prepare for the advent of AGI (what she called “preparing for bizarreness”), with a focus on upcoming risks.

According to Peterson, risks, and their potential solutions, can be approached in a top-down monolithic way, or a bottom-up way, in which solutions are decentralized, voluntary, experimental, collaborative, open, and transparent.

Peterson suggested automated or semiautomated systems designed to protect us without threatening us at the same time are an appropriate long-term security goal. Perhaps the group best qualified to debate these concerns are the open source programming community.

Published by

Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).