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Sep 19, 2016

Swift response to refugee crisis rests on Obama summit after UN talks fail — By Julian Borger and Patrick Kingsley | The Guardian

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, governance, government

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“Hopes of a fast and effective response to the global refugee crisis now rest on a summit convened by Barack Obama on Tuesday in New York, after negotiations before a meeting of world leaders at the UN on Monday failed to produce any concrete measures.”

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Sep 1, 2016

This Other Third-Party Candidate Thinks Johnson Should Be in Debates

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

A new story out on my Op-Ed yesterday:


Zoltan Istvan, the Transhumanist Party presidential article, argues that Gary Johnson should be let into the debates because America needs another voice.

Aug 26, 2016

​The Language of Aliens Will Always Be Indecipherable

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks, geopolitics, mathematics, singularity, transhumanism

My new Vice Motherboard story on the Fermi Paradox, Jethro’s Window, and why we’ll never discover intelligent aliens:


Here’s the sad solution to Fermi’s Paradox: We’ve never discovered other life forms because language and communication methods in the Singularity evolve so rapidly that even in one minute, an entire civilization can become transformed and totally unintelligible. In an expanding universe that is at least 13.6 billion years old, this transformation might never end. What this means is we will never have more than a few seconds to understand or even notice our millions of neighbors. The nature of the universe—the nature of communication in a universe where intelligence exponentially grows—is to keep us forever unaware and alone.

The only time we may discover other intelligent life forms is that 100 or so years during Jethro’s Window, and then it requires the miracle of another species in a similar evolutionary time table, right then, looking for us too. Given the universe is so gargantuan and many billions of years old, even with millions of alien species out there, we’ll never find them. We’ll never know them. It’s an unfortunate mathematical certainty.

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Aug 25, 2016

Forget ‘great,’ presidential hopeful Zoltan Istvan wants to make America immortal

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

New feature story on transhumanism out on Digital Trends:


Zoltan Istvan is the Transhumanist party leader and independent candidate for the forthcoming U.S. elections. And he wants you to live forever.

Aug 24, 2016

​The Jesus Singularity

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, mobile phones, robotics/AI, singularity, transhumanism

I’m super excited to share my first fiction since writing “The Transhumanist Wager” four years ago. Vice Motherboard has published this short story of mine on the challenge of AI becoming religious—and what that might mean for humanity. It’s a short read and the story takes place just a few years into the future. And yes, the happenings in this story could occur.


For the second installment of our series exploring the future of human augmentation, we bring you a story by the Transhumanist Party’s presidential candidate (and occasional Motherboard columnist), Zoltan Istvan. Though he’s spent most of the last year traveling the nation in a coffin-shaped bus, spreading the gospel of immortality and H+, he’s no stranger to fiction. His novel, The Transhumanist Wager, is about the impact of evolving beyond this mortal coil. This story is even bolder. Enjoy the always provocative, always entertaining, Zoltan Istvan. –the editor.

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Aug 18, 2016

I’m the presidential candidate who wants us to live forever

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

My new article on transhumanism in New Scientist. Look for it in the print edition too:


Forget Trump and Clinton, I’m campaigning for the US to embrace technology with the potential to make us immortal, says White House contender Zoltan Istvan.

Aug 16, 2016

Gary Johnson Wants Driverless Secret Service Cars and a US-Led Gene Editing Revolution

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, geopolitics, life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

My exclusive interview with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on some hard science & tech issues, including transhumanism, longevity, AI, and gene editing. This is also my first story for Futurism. For the record, I am trying, along with millions of others, to get Gary Johnson into the Presidentia l debates! No matter who you plan to vote for, it would be good for America to have him in the debates so a third voice is heard:


Libertarian Presidentia l candidate Gary Johnson wants humans to live a lot longer and isn’t worried about AI becoming the Terminator. Here, Futurist Zoltan Istvan gains an exclusive interview with Johnson, who is polling double digits nationally and hopes to be in the Presidentia l debates with Trump and Clinton in October.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Futurism or its affiliates.

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Aug 13, 2016

The Transhumanist party wants to use technology to solve the world’s problems — meet their presidential candidate

Posted by in categories: economics, geopolitics, transhumanism

A short video from Now This on my campaign. It highlights my interview from the RNC in Cleveland and ideas on Universal Basic Income:

Aug 12, 2016

Living Forever Has Never Been More Popular

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

My dispatch for Vice from the recent successful RAAD Festival—a giant gathering of longevity enthusiasts:


In less than a month, I’ll mark the two-year anniversary to my presidential campaign for the Transhumanist Party. My run for the White House was never about winning, but spreading the idea that Americans can achieve indefinite lifespans through science and technology—if only the government were to help out and put significant resources into the anti-aging field.

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Aug 10, 2016

AI for President

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

This is a comprehensive and critical write-up on some of my policies by some leading researchers and thinkers. It’s from the magazine website of the IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and the applied sciences. Naturally, people in the field of science and engineering are some of the most difficult to please, since they are such critical thinkers (which is precisely why I like them so much):


When a transhumanist runs for president, what does that mean for society?

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