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Richard Yonck is a professional futurist with a background in computer science and media. His exploration into the future of many different topics regularly leaves audiences excited about what's to come and wanting more.

My Background

Richard Yonck is a captivating speaker and compelling guide to the transformations 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 called his presentations "awe-inspiring", "passionate" and "thought-provoking." Richard specializes in distilling complex technologies and developments in ways that engage audiences regardless the subject matter. Exploring developing trends in artificial intelligence, aging and life extension, healthcare, biotechnology , transportation, robotics, and more, Richard offers guidance and uncovers insights that can help anyone achieve their preferred future. As one CEO audience member recently observed, "Richard's presentations provided us with a leap-frog perspective of the shape of things to come, helping us better prepare for the days ahead."

Writing regularly about the future and emerging technologies, Richard’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The Futurist Magazine, Scientific American, World Future Review, 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 theAssociation of Professional Futurists, a member of the National Association of Science Writers and a TED speaker. His latest book, FUTURE MINDS 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  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.


T.S., Organizer/Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design - The New School

A brilliant talk! Richard has a wonderful way of explaining complex concepts that are critical to our understanding of how humans and machines can work together. He really got everyone thinking more deeply about these important topics.

T.C., Event Coordinator, Right! Systems, Inc.

We are so thankful to you for making our event one to remember! Our team and customers continue to tell me how much they enjoyed your presentation. We also appreciate that you arrived early to have conversations with our partners and customers. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you from the very beginning.

N.D., Director, Workforce Education, WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

You left our workforce deans with plenty of food for thought as they navigate the complex education and employment world we're preparing students for.

S.K., Business Director GMF North America, Atotech

Richard Yonck is an intuitive thinker, shedding light on many possible futures that are unfolding in the automotive world. His depth of content was rich and his dialogue compelling. We had many positive comments on the content and presentation put forth by Richard from the automotive OEM attendees, which catalyzed a number of deeper conversations outside of our conference. We look forward to hearing from Richard again in the not too distant future.

P.W.E.H.P., George Washington University, President, TechCast Global

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



Seattle, Washington


$5,000 - 7,000


Richard Yonck is an internationally known keynote speaker and author with an expertise in emerging trends and technologies including their potential impacts on society. The author of two books on the future of artificial intelligence, Richard also speaks regularly about the future of robotics drones and automation, biotechnology, nanotechnology, transportation, medicine and healthcare.

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