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Opening General Session: Building a More Resilient Tomorrow by Futurist Richard Yonck

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Change and progress are not only inevitable, they’re accelerating. As we look out at the next ten, twenty, even thirty years, what kinds of changes will we need to prepare for? What are the opportunities and challenges we’re likely to face, both in our personal lives and in our businesses? How can society strengthen its resilience for dealing with the unexpected and what will we need to do to make ourselves truly future ready? Join futurist Richard Yonck for an inspiring and thought-provoking conference kickoff to learn how we can build the future we both deserve AND prefer.

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.

About Richard Yonck

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.

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