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  • Cybercrime 2025 and Beyond July 31, 2015
    San Francisco was host to WorldFuture 2015 earlier this month. With around 700 attendees and professional futurists from all over the globe, it remains the world’s oldest and best known futures conference. On Saturday, the conference’s first full day, I had the opportunity to give my session, “Cybercrime 2025 and Beyond” to a full house and it seemed very we
  • Optocapacitance in Scientific American April 10, 2015
    Gold nanoparticles refract lightdifferently based on on their size My latest Scientific American article “Optocapacitance Shines New Light on the Brain” explores an exciting new technology, tentatively named optocapacitance. While I’ve been excited about its better-known cousin, optogenetics, for years, I think this has greater potential for therapeutic appl
  • Is Time Running Out for Smartwatches? December 19, 2014
    Ask any number of technology analysts, pundits, experts and they’ll tell you that smartwatches are the future. Definitely. The technology is a sure thing. The demand is obvious. I think it’s a terrible idea – and I always have. Professional futurists will routinely tell you their work isn’t about making predictions. What we do is much more about exploring a
  • Cybercrime in Scientific American December 3, 2014
    My latest piece for Scientific American explores the rising threat of cybercrime, including the near-term potential for the world’s first “online murder.” By this, I don’t mean streaming a video of someone’s death – as horrific as that is – but rather the remote manipulation of data to assassinate a specifically targeted victim. The forecast that spurred me
  • Review: Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom October 1, 2014
    Since the advent of the computer age and quite possibly before, popular media has seized on the idea of a superintelligent machine and turned it into a clichéd tale of warning. Too often a monolithic mind with an ill-defined need for global destruction or domination is eventually thwarted because a chisel-jawed protagonist identifies and exploits some flimsy

Richard Yonck’s upcoming new book

Emotional Machines:

When Computers Know What You Feel

explores the emerging technologies allowing computers and robots to read, interpret, replicate, potentially even manipulate human emotions. The potential impacts, risks and repercussions are far greater than we realize.

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Richard Yonck is “a futurist, researcher, writer, and communicator of exceptional talent and high professional standards.”

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Editor, The Futurist Magazine