Jun 23, 2020
Peter Scott is a futurist, author, speaker, and technology expert on a mission to help people navigate the Fourth Technological Revolution. After receiving a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, he moved to California to work for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, starting in the Navigation section, which maneuvers spacecraft to targets a billion miles away. He later moved to IT infrastructure, where he continues as an enterprise architecture contractor.
Peter raises awareness about exponential progress in technology, particularly artificial intelligence. He has appeared on radio and television, given university courses and numerous appearances to highly diverse audiences in several countries. “Every group, no matter their age, background, or location, is equally engaged. People intuit the importance of this,” he says. In February 2020 he spoke before an all-party parliamentary group on the future of AI in Britain’s House of Lords, and delivered a TEDx talk to a thousand people in Surrey, British Columbia.
Peter has a parallel career in human development, including certifications in coaching and Neuro-linguistic programming. “I saw that the human race is on a collision course with AI, but confusion and ignorance abounded. I also saw how human development people could change that, but weren’t aware of the technical issues. When I had children, I realized the peril their future was in, and that I had the communication skills to make a difference. I resolved to bring the worlds of technology and human development together to solve this.”
His book “Crisis of Control: How Artificial SuperIntelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race” explores this topic. He has founded the Next Wave Institute, an international educational organization and consultancy for helping organizations understand and leverage AI to thrive through technological disruption. He lives on Vancouver Island and is a skydiver and certified scuba diver.