Richard Yonck is a futurist based in Seattle, where he is an advisor to businesses and organizations about emerging trends and future developments. An avid writer and thought leader, Richard's latest book, Future Minds explores the nature and future of human and artificial intelligence. His previous book, Heart of the Machine looks at the future of the emerging technologies that allow computers and robots to read, interpret, and influence human emotions. Now in its second edition, it is required reading at several universities in the U.S. and around the world.
As an international keynote speaker, Richard explores developing trends in emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, healthcare, biotechnology and genetics, transportation, robotics, and more. Richard guides audiences in understanding many of the key considerations and societal ramifications of these advances in order to help identify and work toward a preferred future.
Richard advises clients ranging from Global Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Samsung, and Xerox to industry associations and organizations including TIAA, American Cancer Society and state education boards. He believes that strategic foresight and futures planning can serve everyone and is an impassioned advocate about the many benefits of futures thinking and science literacy.
Richard covers emerging technologies for the technology news website GeekWire and has been published by and quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Forbes, Wired, Fast Company, BBC News and many others. Formerly an executive board member of the Association of Professional Futurists, Richard is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and a TED speaker.