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Feb 22, 2017

Zoltan Istvan on transhumanism, politics and why the human body has to go

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, genetics, geopolitics, law, neuroscience, transhumanism

A new and extensive interview I did at New Atlas, including ideas about my #libertarian California Governor run. Libertarianism has many good ideas, but two core concepts are the non-aggression principle (NAP) and protection of private property rights—both of which I believe can be philosophically applied to the human body (and the body’s inevitable transhuman destiny of overcoming disease and decay with science and technology):


Zoltan Istvan is a transhumanist, journalist, politician, writer and libertarian. He is also running for Governor of California for the Libertarian Party on a platform pushing science and technology to the forefront of political discourse. In recent years, the movement of transhumanism has moved from a niche collection of philosophical ideals and anarcho-punk gestures into a mainstream political movement. Istvan has become the popular face of this movement after running for president in 2016 on a dedicated transhumanist platform.

We caught up with Istvan to chat about how transhumanist ideals can translate into politics, how technology is going to change us as humans and the dangers in not keeping up with new innovations, such as genetic editing.

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Feb 19, 2017

Factions of the Libertarian Party

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

An interesting introduction to the various forms of libertarianism, including ideas on libertarian transhumanism:


So, former 2016 presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan is running for California State governor in 2018! Let’s talk about him & the factions of the LP!

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Feb 13, 2017

Transhumanist politician wants to run for governor of California

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, economics, genetics, geopolitics, governance, transhumanism

A new story out on Engadget, emphasizing the need to make government treat science and technology as a primary focus:


Zoltan Istvan didn’t have much of a chance at being president, but that didn’t stop him from campaigning as the Transhumanist Party’s candidate to promote his pro-technology and science positions. Now, he’s setting his sights a bit lower, and with a different party. Istvan announced this morning that he plans to run for governor of California in 2018 under the Libertarian Party.

“We need leadership that is willing to use radical science, technology, and innovation—what California is famous for—to benefit us all,” he wrote in a Newsweek article. “We need someone with the nerve to risk the tremendous possibilities to save the environment through bioengineering, to end cancer by seeking a vaccine or a gene-editing solution for it, to embrace startups that will take California from the world’s 7th largest economy to maybe even the largest economy—bigger than the rest of America altogether.”

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Feb 9, 2017

600 Miles in a Coffin-Shaped Bus, Campaigning Against Death Itself

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

I’m excited and honored to share a new feature article about #transhumanism, the Immortality Bus, and my life extension work in The New York Times Magazine, which will also be in print around the world in Sunday’s edition. This 5000-word article captures many angles and is a strong testament to the growing importance of the transhumanist movement:


Zoltan Istvan ran for president with a modest goal in mind: human immortality.

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Jan 20, 2017

The Best Universal Basic Income Videos of 2016

Posted by in categories: economics, geopolitics

2017 is already shaping up to be a big year for the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI). The idea to build an unconditional income floor to cover the basic needs of each citizen has been gaining worldwide attention and traction. In just the first 10 days of 2017, Finland has already launched a trial, a nonprofit in India is preparing to launch their own, Scotland is seriously considering trials, and several South Korean presidential candidates are now calling for support for UBI.

But before we turn our focus to the latest happenings, I want to look back and highlight some of the best videos of 2016 that explained and advocated for Universal Basic Income.

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Jan 4, 2017

6 Nobel Laureates: Stop the Nuclear Insanity

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, military, treaties

The non-nuclear weapons states must resist that pressure, and continue their historic efforts to protect humanity from the grave threat posed by nuclear weapons. And the citizens of nuclear weapons states must hold their governments accountable for their unconscionable refusal to meet their treaty obligations and negotiate the elimination of these weapons, which are the greatest threat to the security of all peoples throughout the world.


The United Nations has the opportunity to take a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. It is an opportunity that must not be lost.

More than four decades ago, the nations with nuclear arsenals and the world’s non-nuclear states entered into the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); the nuclear states — the US, Russia, UK, France and China — pledged that if the states that did not have nuclear weapons agreed not to develop them, they would enter into good-faith negotiations toward the elimination of their nuclear arsenals. During the ensuing years, the three nations that did not sign the NPT — namely India, Pakistan, and Israel — developed nuclear weapons. All of the non-nuclear weapons states that signed the treaty except North Korea have kept their pledge.

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Dec 30, 2016

McAfee debunks new FBI report on Russian hacking

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, geopolitics

During an interview with Larry King Friday, cybersecurity expert John McAfee debunked the new FBI report alleging Russian hacking in election 2016.

(WASHINGTON, DC) Following the release of an FBI report outlining Russia’s alleged role in hacking the 2016 election, Larry King sat down to talk with tech pioneer John McAfee to discuss the current state of cybersecurity.

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Dec 25, 2016

“AI Day” Will Never Replace Christmas

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

The National Review via Wesley J. Smith commenting on my “AI Day replacing Christmas” story: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443337/ai-day-supplent-christmas #transhumanism #robots #future #AI


Scrooge’s Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come never saw this coming.

The transhumanist popularizer and pseudo presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, claims that “AI Day” will soon replace Christmas as the world’s most beloved holiday. From his piece in the Huffington Post:

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Dec 21, 2016

Presidential candidate suggests microchips for Syrian refugees

Posted by in categories: computing, cyborgs, geopolitics, terrorism, transhumanism

In light of the recent attacks in Europe, the search for terrorists, and the ongoing refugee/immigration issues, I still support considering this idea of implants. In fact, so long as the Middle East is in strife, and large amounts of refugees are created, and fundamental religiosity thrives, I’m certain some type of tracking technology implementation in the developed world is inevitable over the next 2–15 years for refugees and some immigrants. Such technology broadly remains the humanitarian thing to do (read the article!), while still protecting the public and national interests.

https://www.cnet.com/news/presidential-candidate-suggests-mi…-refugees/ #transhumanism #Germany #terrorism #immigration


The question of allowing Syrian refugees in to the United States has created a political firestorm in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and one Presidential candidate proposes a novel, high-tech solution, but it’s also likely to make plenty of Americans uncomfortable.

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Nov 8, 2016

Forget Trump and Clinton, Zoltan Istvan is running for president as the ‘anti-death’ candidate

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

My new OpEd story on my campaign and transhumanist activism:


Author of The Transhumanist Wager, Zoltan Istvan explains how the social movement wants to change the future of humanity.

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