Archive: Glen Hiemstra

April 21st, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Cities, Ecosystems, Environment & Energy, Innovation | No Comments

The Future of Roadways is Solar, and Brilliant

We’ve been tracking the progress of Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sandpoint Idaho and their federally supported project to build a prototype for a smart highway that generates power and pays for itself. This is Solar Roadways. We’ve chatted from time to time and I show videos of the project in many of my programs (people love it and are amazed at the audacious idea). This is a project worth supporting. The are launching an Indiegogo campaign on Earth Day, 22 April 2014.

We share their press release below with a photo of the prototype parking lot recently completed. They modestly call it an “intelligent” highway system – but I’d call a road that pays for itself, heals itself, generates solar energy, has built in lighting, and heating that prevents ice and snow buildup, and is made of glass… brilliant!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014
SOLAR ROADWAYS RELEASES FIRST PHOTOS OF SOLAR PARKING LOT PROTOTYPE
Announces crowdsource campaign to launch on Earth Day
SOLAR ROADWAYS, SAGLE, IDAHO (APRIL 14, 2014)

Parking lot east

Solar Roadways was tasked by the Federal Highway Administration, with a Phase II SBIR contract, to build a solar parking lot prototype. The first photos of the initial installation have been released. “The basic installation is now done, but there is still work to do before the parking lot will be totally complete- LED patterns, covers for mounting holes and mastic to fill the gaps between panels are still to come”, said Scott Brusaw, co-founder, along with his wife Julie of Solar Roadways, Inc.

“One of the biggest challenges of this phase was to explore and test various glass surfaces and textures and test them for strength, traction and durability and all test results have exceeded our expectations. In addition to the solar cells, the panels contain heaters to keep them snow/ice free and LED lights for road lines and verbiage” , said Scott Brusaw.

The company needs to acquire funding to begin hiring a team, streamline the process for quick and cost effective production, and gear up for manufacturing. To this end, Solar Roadways will launch an Indiegogo campaign at 12:01am EST on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.

The Brusaws plan to locate their first manufacturing facility near their home in north Idaho, but envision facilities in most states and various countries as production ramps up. Solar Roadways has already received an outpouring of interest from potential customers, from their home town of Sandpoint, Idaho to remote areas of the world.

Solar Roadways is a company with a single purpose: to replace our nation’s deteriorating highway infrastructure and crumbling power grid with an intelligent highway system that pays for itself through the generation of electricity and doubles as an intelligent, self-healing, decentralized power grid.

Roadway image

Contact
Scott and Julie Brusaw
(208) 263-2537
julie@solarroadways.com

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January 16th, 2014 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Art & Society, Science & Tech | Comments Off

The Quantified Self is Here and It’s Going Mainstream

quantified self

In case you missed it, Glen was recently interviewed by James Temple at Re/code. The result is an exciting article called Robots, Regenerative Medicine and More: Futurists Gaze Into 2014. In it, Glen mentions the coming year seeing the true mainstreaming of the ‘quantified self.’ He also talks about other things you want to know about, so be sure to read Re/code right now!

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November 22nd, 2013 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Media | Comments Off

Catch Fire with us on Nov. 24 at The Big Picture Theatre

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Photo: Murray Close, Lionsgate

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Photo: Murray Close, Lionsgate

I had a chance to take in the Seattle premier of Hunger Games 2 – Catching Fire, last night at the Big Picture Theatre. I joined an excited crowd of mostly 20-somethings, and an even more excited group was in line for the 11 PM show as I left.

If you are here in Seattle, why not join us for the final installment of our 3 Science Fiction film series, a special 11:15 AM “Bagels & Bloody Mary’s” screening of Catching Fire. After the show we’ll have a special 20-minute conversation with me, science fiction writer Brenda Cooper, and Mallory Smith, Managing Editor of Futurist.com and also a film student and script writer. The screening is almost sold out in this charming and intimate theatre, but there are still a few seats left for $15, which gets you a seat, a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, bagels and cream cheese and a great experience. Buy your ticket here.

The film is getting excellent reviews, see here and here and here, and is the #1 pre-selling film of 2013, likely to surpass the first film Hunger Games which is #14 on the all-time best selling movies.

Next week we’ll tell you how it went and why this is an important film phenomenon. Hope to see you on Sunday.

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November 15th, 2013 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Media, Science & Tech | Comments Off

The future is not all technology

I had a very interesting experience this week as I gave the closing keynote to the annual meeting of the Virginia Cable Television Association, in Williamsburg, VA. My topic was the events, trends and developments shaping the industry looking out over the next decade. You can view my slide deck below, with some of the imbedded video that I used, now available at SlideShare. Before too long we will have a video of my full presentation from the Association.

But back to the experience. In the program, as I usually do, I discussed the Millennial generation, who comprise all the new workforce now age 18-31, and their oft-cited moniker as the “digital native generation.” They are the generation most deeply imbedded in what I call the full-on network society. They are, currently, unplugging from Cable and going “over the top” as the industry likes to call it. When I was finished, among the people who gather around to chat was one young woman, one of about a half-dozen Millennials in this audience of mostly cable executives. She put a challenge to me, expressing frustration with being, essentially, stereotyped as technology obsessed. Instead, she asserted, Millennials are as likely to become less enamored of and imbedded in technology as the other way around.

Her comment immediately reminded me of the article I wrote the week before for FastCoExist.com, on the future of collaboration. They titled my piece “The Future of Collaboration is About Looking Backwards.” Check out the full think piece here, but using some stats from a study of the American workforce by Cornerstone OnDemand, in this article I was pointing out that while Millennials and other workers wish there was more collaboration in their workplaces, only 6% of Millennials and 5% overall would prefer to collaborate via phone of video conference. 60% of Millennials and 72% of all workers would prefer to collaborate in person. The remaining numbers would prefer to collaborate online. But, here were some numbers supporting my young Millennial questioner at the Virginia Cable TV show – don’t pigeon hole them as technophiles only, as they just might lead a move back to the future, in person.

See the Fast Company article here, and the SlideShare of the keynote below.

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November 12th, 2013 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Art & Society, New at Futurist.com | Comments Off

Next Up in our Sci Fi Film Series

catching-fire-movie-posterHUNGER  GAMES: CATCHING FIRE BAGELS & BLOODYS EVENT!

Sunday, November 24th  at 11:15AM screening
(Doors open @ 10:45am, screening @ 11:15AM, short discussion after)
Futurist.com Presents:
The next film in our Educated Sci-Fi Film series
This time at  Big Picture!
Join us for a “Bagels and Bloodys” screening and discussion of
“The  Hunger  Games: Catching Fire”

$15 per person includes one movie ticket, fresh bagels and cream cheese, and your choice of a either a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa.
Buy tickets online at  thebigpicture.net.
Big Picture is located at 2505 First Avenue.
For guests 21+ only.

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