Richard Yonck is the acclaimed author of two best-sellers about the future of artificial intelligence. FUTURE MINDS looks at the many ways our world is becoming more and differently intelligent. Readers have called it “A mega-comprehensive outlook at intelligence as convincing as it is surprising” and “A truly breathtaking forecast on the future of intelligence.” In HEART OF THE MACHINE, he surveys the development of computers and robots that can read, interpret and interact with human emotions. These books are read in college courses around the world and have been included on several best-of lists.

As a futurist and keynote speaker, Richard explores strategic futures for clients, readers and audiences to help them better prepare for potential eventualities and to identify and promote their preferred future. His focus is on emerging technologies and how these are likely to impact business and society along with their potential unanticipated consequences. His clients include companies such as Amazon, Samsung, Xerox and range across industries as varied as agriculture, education, employment, healthcare, government, marketing and information technology.

Writing regularly about the future and emerging technologies, his work frequently features in  publications including The Futurist Magazine, where he was the computing/AI contributing editor for several years. He has written for Scientific American, World Future Review, Salon Fast Company, Wired, Psychology Today, The Seattle Times and many others. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, as well as the National Association of Science Writers, the National Speakers Association, and a TED speaker.

Futurist Keynotes

The Future is Human: Finding Our Way in an Everchanging World

How can we ensure the future remains conducive to human life, values and experience? Explore the challenges and strategies that will help us become good stewards of the future.

Automation & the Future of the Workforce

Augmented Reality Docent. Autonomous Vehicle Wrangler. DNA Test Interpreter. Digital Reputation Scrubber. In this era of ongoing workforce disruption, how can we prepare for jobs when they don’t even exist yet?

AI: This Century’s Most Transformational Technology

Future advances in artificial intelligence will alter nearly every aspect of our lives. How will we adapt as everything in our world becomes more and differently intelligent?

Healthcare 2045

Routine gene therapy. Cancer vaccines. Next-gen immunotherapy. Vastly extended healthspans and lifespans. Learn how the future of medicine will transform our very definitions of health, illness and mortality.

Building Your Organization’s Future Resilience

The 2020 pandemic broke the global supply chain and experts say it will be five years before it’s fully functional again. How can we improve our future resilience to better weather the next worldwide crisis?

The New Era of Emotional Machines

Our devices are becoming increasingly able to read, interpret and influence our emotions. Learn about the amazing future of Emotion AI from the author of the best-selling book, HEART OF THE MACHINE.

Cultivating the Future of Agriculture

One of civilization’s oldest activities is being transformed by 21st century technology. From vertical farms to artificial pollinators to Impossible proteins, how will AgTech help us save the planet?

Exponential Technologies Power Exponential Organizations

All of a sudden our world seems to be filled with exponential technologies. Why is this happening now and how can we leverage this explosive growth in business and our lives?

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