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  • 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
  • Cosmology Article in Scientific American May 23, 2014
    My article on a recent and important mathematical proof regarding the beginnings of our universe was published at Scientific American today. While it may seem odd that a futurist is writing about something that happened 13.8 billion years ago, in fact I think it’s both justified and applicable. Our understanding of the origins of our universe tells us quite
  • A Window on the Universe’s Distant Past and Future March 17, 2014
    Today’s announcement of the detection of primordial gravitational waves is huge. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics gave a news conference in which it described the first ever detection of these waves which provides a window onto the very earliest stages of our universe. Gravitational waves were the last untested prediction of Einstein’s General
  • Future Stories March 12, 2014
  • The Emotional Machine and You March 8, 2014
    Continuing on the topic of affective computing, I’ve cross-posted a piece at Psychology Today and on my World Future blog. “The Emotional Machine and You” examines the issues we may face when dealing with a technology that can read, act upon and manipulate our most basic human emotions. Such devices could become capable of eliciting responses that lead to em

Richard Yonck’s upcoming new book

The Emotional Machine:

The Promise and Peril of Affective Computing

explores the emerging technologies that allow computers and robots to read, interpret, replicate, 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