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Conversation with a Futurist

Conversation with a Futurist

Richard Yonck is a noted author and speaker about emerging technologies and the many issues we’ll face in tomorrow’s world. An engaging speaker with a unique perspective, Richard strives to find both the opportunities and the challenges new advances will bring. A consulting futurist and formerly a contributing editor for the long-running The Futurist magazine, Richard is an avid guide to the changes and challenges we’ll face in the coming decades. Audiences of all sizes – from professional organizations, think tanks and business leaders to civic groups, educational festivals and public forums – have found Richard’s presentations “exciting”, “fascinating”, “inspiring” and “provocative”. Whether a conference presentation or keynote, a luncheon or after dinner talk, or an educational experience for employees, Richard will tailor the material to captivate your audience.

Town Hall Seattle Book Launch

Book Richard to speak about:

  • The Coming Era of Emotional Machines
  • Cybercrime and the New Underground Economy
  • Connecting with Our Connected World (Internet of Things)
  • Why the Future Starts Today!
  • Life in the Age of Human Augmentation
  • The 3-D Printing Revolution
  • Technological Enhancement and Athletics
  • The Social Implications of Extreme Life Extension
  • Augmented Reality and the Future of Marketing
  • The Big Bang and How It Made Us Who We Are Today

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Emotional Machines - WorldFuture 2016

Ignite! Seattle

I thought you were so professional and with such a command of your topic. It was a joy working with you.”

Prof. William E. Halal, PhD
George Washington University
President, TechCast Global

Richard is a brilliant speaker, writer, and futurist. His 2016 SXSW presentation was highly rated. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear his ideas about AI and emotional machines.”

Dr Cindy Frewen, FAIA
Architect and Urban Futurist

#1 – “10 Things We Loved About SXSW 2017 Interactive”

In “The Future of Emotional Machines,” Richard Yonck posed weighty questions about what our near future may look like with increased machine learning and artificial intelligence, which are playing more and more of both an underlying and overt role in our lives. Yonck’s particular expertise is in “affective computing and social robotics,” i.e. he’s focused on understanding what it means to imbue machines with human intelligence in such a way that they can measure and respond to human emotion. We loved the thorny issues that were raised by this subject, including the tension between greater freedom from mundane tasks and the loss of control and privacy that such intelligent machines may dictate.”

Katharine Norwood, Odopod

Richard shared with our Rotary Club perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring, intriguing presentations on new technologies – so much so that we invited him to come back for a second follow-up presentation where he again gave very insightful details on another technological advent, 3D printing, and its use across engineering, fashion, gastronomy, biology and more. One of the things that differentiates Richard is that he is truly passionate and knowledgeable about technology past, present and future. This is even further evidenced as he indulges the audience’s Q&As on both actual and hypothetical issues. Richard’s presentations provide us a leap-frog perspective of the shape of things to come, helping us prepare for the days ahead.”

Tolga U. Ural, MBA
CEO, Imagine Media Partners
President, Rotary Club of Seattle Metropolitan

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

Cynthia G. Wagner
Editor, The Futurist Magazine

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