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The End of the Car Commute

The Fruitguys Magazine, by Mark Saltveit, August 24, 2016
An interview with Glen Hiemstra by The Fruitguys Magazine, a Silicon Valley fixture. We talked about the future of commuting, and whether, when and how self driving vehicles may change the commute. “The challenge for self-driving cars is the integration gap—when the cars are really ready to be fully autonomous, if we could wave a magic wand and change all the cars and trucks to autonomy at once, then we can imagine a workable system. The gap, though, is how in the world we are going to integrate autonomous vehicles with less predictable human drivers. Perhaps it will start with special lanes, zones, areas, regions, for autonomy.” More

Here’s what your office might look like in 10 years

Cisco Newsroom, by Blake Snow June 29, 2016
An interview with Glen Hiemstra about the future of offices. “So offices will continue to migrate toward shared spaces, lounge areas, and flexible meeting rooms.” And if the aspirations of self-driving cars come true, many of us will use interior cabins as mobile workspaces while our cars drive themselves. As you might expect, by 2026 there’ll be more video meetings conducted. But rather than being something we periodically engage in today, video calls “will simply be the worldwide norm” in 10 years, Hiemstra suspects.” More

Taking Care of (Future) Business – PopSci Futuropolis Podcast

Episode of PopSci’s Futureopolis Podcast Talks , December 2, 2015
Glen Hiemstra in a another podcast interview by Popular Science for their Futuropolis series. This one explored the prospects for super smart computing and AI to assist people in future work (more so than replace people). We had some AI experts, and I addressed potential future offices, and jobs, including a highlight on the possibility of working in space by the end of the century. Another fun listen.

Did ‘Back To The Future: Part II’ Get 2015 Right?

Huffington Post Live, October 21, 2015
Glen Hiemstra joins Josh Zepps and two other guests in a video interview by Huffington Post Live on the various ways that Back to the Future II got 2015 right and wrong. Great interview Josh!

Glen also did interviews on Back to the Future day (the characters arrived in 2015 on Oct. 21, via their flying car / time machine) with CNN International and with the BBC. If those interviews are archived online, we will post them later.

Back to the Future’s 2015 Versus Reality

Washington Post, October 21, 2015
Glen Hiemstra in a video interview by the Washington Post on the various ways that Back to the Future II got 2015 right and wrong. Listen in here.

Robot, You Can Drive My Car – PopSci Futuropolis Podcast

Episode 2 of PopSci’s Futureopolis Podcast Talks Roadtrips and Traffic Jams, July 29, 2015
Glen Hiemstra in a podcast interview by Popular Science on the future and self-driving vehicles. Quite fun.

Robots, drones, self-driving cars: Futurist Glen Hiemstra predicts a wildly different future

Puget Sound Business Journal, May 1, 2015
Glen Hiemstra predicts the next 35 years in this interview by writer Patti Payne for the Puget Sound Business Journal, on the occasion of their 35th Anniversary. Read about twice as many people in the Seattle region, and why we’ll look at cars in 2050 like we look at horses today. Glen pushes the boundaries in this fun piece.

The Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars

TechNewsWorld, March 19, 2015
Glen Hiemstra comments on self-driving cars for TechNewsWorld as writer Peter Suciu explores the 5 levels of vehicle automation.

Everything “Back to the Future Part II” Got Right and Wrong about 2015, According to Futurists

Newsweek, December 28, 2014
Glen Hiemstra discusses the famous movie Back to Future II with several futurists, as Newsweek gets the jump on media telling the story of what the movie got right and wrong when the characters arrive in 2015. For example, I note that, “In the first 30 minutes of the film or so, there’s just one sight gag after another. Doc has been to a rejuvenation clinic where he has his spleen and colon replaced. We don’t have anything like a rejuvenation clinic quite yet. There are various aging treatments you can take. … Biff is really upset about his bionic implants short circuiting. It doesn’t really say what the bionic implants do for him. But he actually sparks a couple of times. “My bionic implants are short-circuiting again.” That isn’t quite right.”

Commute Survival Guide: Local futurist says self-driving cars are the answer

King 5 Evening Magazine Show, November, 2014
Appearing on King 5 Evening Magazine Glen Hiemstra discusses autonomous vehicles, drones, and other future tech that might improve future transportation.

$10K Will Get You a Hoverboard though not quite Like Marty McFly’s

TechNewsWorld, October, 2014
“It is a super cool idea,” said Glen Hiemstra, founder of, but “its actual use will be limited to theme parks and special hoverboard skate parks, as it can only hover over certain metal surfaces, not general ground.”

Big Pharma Joins Google’s Quest for Aging Antidote

TechNewsWorld, September, 2014
Levinson’s and Barron’s pharmaceutical backgrounds, plus the new partnership with AbbVie, indicate that Google plans to move Calico beyond the moon shot phase and into a more concrete development position, said Glen Hiemstra, founder and CEO of Futurist.

“What we know about Google is that they begin with very grand big ideas — whether search, or solar, or bringing high-speed Internet to remote areas — and then they quite seriously search for ways to make the idea real,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“I would expect the play with Calico is no different,” Hiemstra said. “They really do want to combat aging, and this [partnership] is not likely to be the only one as they look for ways to succeed.”

Leaping Lizards! The Leap Motion Controller Has Landed

TechNews World, July, 2014
Gesture-based control is an alternative to today’s increasingly prevalent touchscreens and touch technology.

“Gesture is natural, and superior in some ways — it is faster, and avoids repetitive motion injury risk of mice and keyboards,” futurist Glen Hiemstra told TechNewsWorld…

Larry Page: Less Work, More Play and All Will Be Well in The Garden

E-Commerce Times, July, 2014
People need to work less than 1 percent of the time they do to fulfill their basic needs — housing, security and opportunities for their children — Google cofounder Larry Page suggested recently, reviving a Utopian vision that has long been a staple of sci-fi as well as technologists’ vision of the future…

Page’s scenario “has been coming for some time,” Glen Hiemstra, founder and CEO of, told the E-Commerce Times. Both standard of living and productivity have gone up over the years, and “we could — and increasingly do — provide all of this with fewer and fewer people required to produce the goods and services,” Hiemstra pointed out…

The future of food, BASF Panel

Pork Network blog, June, 2014
We discussed the future of food in this BASF panel that included famed Iron Chef Cat Cora.

Why Global Society Needs Internet of Everything

ZDNet, June, 2014
The Internet of Everything enables connected environmentalism, advanced transportation, among other global issues that need to be addressed.

The Future of Mobility – Podcast

Cisco, April, 2014
Check out this podcast interview with Glen Hiemstra and Dave Evans on the future of mobility.

Cuban the Firebrand, and the Futurist

The New York Times, March, 2014
“He says things that are pretty unfiltered, but I do have to say that he sees the big picture,” said Glen Hiemstra…

Robots, Regenerative Medicine and More: Futurists Gaze Into 2014

Re/code, January, 2014
Robots, regenerative medicine, and the quantified self. “We’ll see some breakthrough entrants into the market.” See what Glen’s talking about.

The Future of Highway Transportation Spelled Out at SA Conference

WOAI Local News, January, 2014
“Much of the future involves self-driving vehicles,” Glen Hiemstra explains at the 2014 Texas Transportation Forum.