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  • The Future Era of Space Mining November 24, 2015
    The new era of space mining is the topic of my latest article for Scientific American. The recent passage of the Space Act of 2015 by Congress will finally eliminate a lot of uncertainty for this nascent industry, assuming President Obama signs it into law. Given the enormous cost of lifting materials and supplies into orbit and beyond, the ability to draw f
  • 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
    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 application and augmentation uses in living human beings. Treatment of
  • 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 new article 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 t

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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