Zoltan Istvan is a former journalist, political candidate, entrepreneur, bestselling writer, and founding father of the US Transhumanist Get together. He has been on this podcast twice earlier than once we mentioned Istvan’s presidential marketing campaign and his bestselling novel The Transhumanist Wager.
Throughout this 1-hour dialog with Zoltan Istvan, we cowl quite a lot of fascinating subjects such because the problem of doing graduate faculty at Oxford, Quantum Archaeology; Trump, transhumanism, politics, and battle; the Immortality or Bust documentary; microchipping refugees and promoting off public lands; the ethics of doing injury now within the hope of fixing it later; technosolutionism and why Know-how is Not Sufficient; longevity, entrepreneurship, and healthcare; the excellence between a physique with a mind vs a mind with a physique; the timeline to AGI, mind-uploading and indefinite life extension.
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Who’s Zoltan Istvan?
Together with his in style 2016 US Presidential run as a science candidate, bestselling guide The Transhumanist Wager, and speeches at establishments just like the World Financial institution and World Financial Discussion board, Zoltan Istvan has spearheaded the trouble to remodel transhumanism right into a thriving worldwide phenomenon. He’s typically cited because the world chief of the novel science motion. A humanitarian activist and former journalist for Nationwide Geographic, Zoltan has been in contrast in main media to a younger Al Gore and described as a modern-day Ayn Rand.
Born in California, Zoltan is an Ivy-league educated man craving to make use of science, expertise, and motive to dramatically remake humanity. Over the previous few years, Zoltan has consulted for the US Navy and the Authorities of Dubai as a futurist, interviewed to be Libertarian Gary Johnson’s Vice President, appeared on the Joe Rogan Expertise (and dozens of different reveals), and given many speeches, together with at Microsoft, the International Leaders Discussion board, Congreso Futuro, and the Monetary Instances Camp Alphaville (opening Keynote). Zoltan was the one presidential candidate to be interviewed by the underground mega-group Nameless. His award-winning 2013 novel The Transhumanist Wager was a #1 bestseller in Philosophy and in addition a prime 5 Amazon guide. It’s been in contrast in evaluations to Ayn Rand’s work over 1000 instances. It’s being taught in numerous faculties and excessive colleges all over the world as a warning and inspiration in regards to the future. Popping out in 2019 is a characteristic documentary 4 years within the making referred to as Immortality or Bust, which cowls his historic bus tour throughout America on the Immortality Bus. Zoltan is the founding father of the Transhumanist Get together, the writer of the Transhumanist Invoice of Rights, and a steadily interviewed professional on AI and genetic enhancing. Earlier than turning into a futurist, he was a journalist for the Nationwide Geographic Channel (typically an on-camera reporter) and The New York Instances Syndicate. Zoltan has traveled to over 100 nations and has a level in Philosophy and Faith from Columbia College. He steadily writes articles for The New York Instances, Newsweek, Vice, Wired, HuffPost, TechCrunch, and different main media. He was an endorsed libertarian candidate for California Governor in 2018 earlier than being knocked out of the race within the June 5, 2018, statewide primaries.
Zoltan is a profitable entrepreneur, with The New Yorker and The Atlantic citing he made his wealth in actual property. Zoltan is married to a medical physician, and so they have two daughters. Zoltan’s characteristic warzone documentary, Pawns of Paradise, on the Kashmir battle between India and Pakistan, received two documentary awards and performed in movie festivals all over the world. Zoltan was a Communications Director at WildAid, a serious nonprofit wildlife group that goals to cease wildlife poaching and shield endangered species. As an athlete, Zoltan was a nationwide champion water polo participant and is credited with inventing the acute sport of Volcano Boarding, which debuted on the Nationwide Geographic Channel in 2002 and is practiced all over the world at this time. Zoltan performs the guitar and piano and owns winery properties in Mendoza, Argentina, and Napa Valley, California.