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Zoltan Istvan

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Author, Philosopher, and Transhumanist Revolutionary

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Our keynote speaker Zoltan Istvan is a powerful speaker and global leader of the radical science movement. In 2016, he ran for the US presidency and his ultimate goal is to bring science to the people. Platforms of the transhumanist party which he founded include defying death and creating digital democracy. Zoltan is also a frequently interviewed expert on AI who has given powerful speeches at institutions like the World Bank, turning transhumanism into a thriving worldwide phenomenon.

It might be wise for us to put ourselves in the hands of a machine intelligence that can take the best decision for the greatest amount of people. That’s what a democracy should be about.” — Zoltan Istvan

 

Zoltan is an eloquent, Ivy-league educated philosopher yearning to use science, technology, and reason to dramatically remake humanity. He is the founder of the Transhumanist Party and the author the Transhumanist Bill of Rights as well as the bestselling novel “The Transhumanist Wager”. “The Transhumanist Wager” is a political and philosophical text, often likened to Ayn Rand’s work, which is being taught in a few dozen colleges around the world as a warning about and inspiration for the future.

Global leader of the radical science movement. Zoltan Istvan’s radical ideas have given him a strong support base with millennials. Currently, he is a columnist at Vice, and at the young age of 43, Istvan was the only presidential candidate to be interviewed by underground mega-group Anonymous.

Recently, Zoltan has consulted for the US Navy as a futurist, interviewed to be Libertarian Gary Johnson’s Vice President, appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience (and dozens of other shows), and given many speeches, including at Microsoft, the Global Leaders Forum, and the Financial Times Camp Alphaville (opening Keynote).

Formerly a journalist for National Geographic Channel and the New York Times Syndicate, Zoltan has been compared in major media to a young Al Gore. Zoltan also has a history of activism; formerly working as Communications Director at WildAid, a major nonprofit wildlife organization that aims to stop wildlife poaching and protect endangered species.

 

 

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    Speaker Zoltan Istvan Keynote Topics

    • What it’s Like to Run for US President as a Science Candidate
    • Transhumanism is Exploding in Size and Billions of Dollars are at Stake
    • Delivering the Transhumanist Bill of Rights to US Congress
    • How Long Before We Conquer Aging and Death with Science?
    • How I Became the Leading Face of the Transhumanism Movement
    • Artificial Intelligence and Genetic Editing are Changing the World
    • What Will the Future Look like in 2025?
    • When Will We all Become Cyborgs?
    • Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Politicians?
    • The Future of Warfare is All Robots and Drones
11.08.2017

Interview with Zoltan Istvan

When and how did you decide to become a transhumanist?
I began reading science fiction books when I was a child, but it wasn’t until college at Columbia University that I was introduced to the idea that there already existed a real social movement aiming to overcome death with science.  As soon as I found out that many researchers were already engaged in this quest, I joined the transhumanist movement.

What is the scope of transhumanism in the world presently?
Transhumanism is a movement comprised of tens of millions of people around the world that want to use science and technology to remake the human being—and to remake human experience. Our long term goal is to merge with machines.

You crowdfunded your Immortality bus, can you tell us a little about crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is a brilliant tool for anyone that wants to start a project but doesn’t have access to typical financing. It’s also a way to get one’s community excited, since a lot of the funding comes from spreading the word on social media of the project—which is precisely what happened with my Immortality Bus.

What do you think is the biggest problem with the american presidential election system?
The US election system essentially rewards those with the most money, so smaller candidates don’t get very far since they simply can’t afford to compete successfully. But all governments need lesser known candidates to bring new, fresh ideas into governing. We must find a way to elevate smaller candidates and their ideas so they can also be competitive in elections.

Who or what inspires you most?
I’m most inspired by the scientists and engineers trying to overcome death with radical technology. If as a species we can cure aging and disease by 2030 instead of 2050, one billion lives will be saved. This is very transhumanitarian.

Do designer babies and cybernetic enhancements not create a potentially huge gap in equality?
All science and technology can be used for good or bad. Science is inherently neutral. But humans are not. So I think designer babies and cybernetic enhancements can be incredibly beneficial to all people, regardless of class. In fact, it can help build equality, but humans must use it properly to help everyone. This is, of course, easier said than done.

You’ve stated that you would happily get a cybernetic enhancement. Do you think cyber security will become a bigger problem if people have cybernetic parts?
I already have a chip in my hand which opens my home’s front door, and I do worry that such technology can be compromised. When youth ask me: What field should I go into? I always answer: cyber security. It’s going to be one of the biggest and most important fields in the world.

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