Richard Yonck Bio

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Seattle futurist Richard Yonck is the founder of Intelligent Future Consulting where he consults to businesses and organizations, speaks to audiences and writes about artificial intelligence and other emerging trends and technologies, with a focus on their impacts on business and society. Richard explores short to long-range futures with an eye to how this knowledge can help us prepare for potential eventualities and to promote our preferred futures.

Writing regularly about the future and emerging technologies, Richard’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Scientific American, World Future Review, Futurist Magazine, Fast Company, Wired, GeekWire, Psychology Today, Salon, H+ Magazine, American Cinematographer and The Seattle Times. He’s been interviewed and quoted about foresight issues in numerous mediums, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC News, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, SAP Digitalist, Singularity Hub, Next Avenue and numerous podcasts and radio programs.

Richard’s perspective on the future is informed by over 25 years experience as a computer systems programmer-analyst, during which time he guided clients through the rapidly-shifting technological landscape. Formerly the Computing and Artificial Intelligence contributing editor for The Futurist Magazine, Richard has been an executive board member of the Association of Professional Futurists, a member of the National Association of Science Writers and a TED speaker. His latest book, FUTURE MINDS: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe is a deep dive into the many ways our world is becoming more and differently intelligent and how will this impact our businesses, our lives, and our planet in the years ahead. His previous book HEART OF THE MACHINE: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence explores the emerging technologies allowing computers and robots to read, interpret, replicate, even influence human emotions. Now required reading in several college courses, it was well reviewed by Time Magazine and Ray Kurzweil in The New York Times Book Review.