Zoltan Istvan Gyurko, professionally known as  Zoltan Istvan (born 1973), is an American journalist, entrepreneur,   and  transhumanist. He writes transhumanist-themed columns: "The Transhumanist Philosopher" a blog for Psychology Today and "Transhumanist Future" for  . He has also worked as a reporter for the Vice's Motherboard National Geographic Channel and is a blogger of futurist, transhumanist, and atheist topics for  . The Huffington Post 
He is the author of
, a The Transhumanist Wager philosophical science fiction novel.  
In late 2014, he announced his intent to run for President of the United States in the 2016 elections to raise awareness for
transhumanist politics issues. His presidential campaign was covered in major media for its science and technology platform.     In 2017, he announced his intent to run for  Governor of California in the 2018 election as Libertarian.  
Early career [ edit ]
Istvan was an online and on-camera reporter for the
National Geographic Channel.  His writings have appeared in a blog of the  , San Francisco Chronicle  , Outside and  . The Daily Caller His work has been covered in publications such as  . The Huffington Post 
Istvan's coverage of the war in
Kashmir was made into a documentary, Pawns of Paradise, distributed by  Janson Media. Australia's has acquired nonexclusive Australian rights to the show. The Age 
According to Istvan, he invented,
  pioneered, and popularized the  extreme sport of volcano boarding.
Istvan is an entrepreneur who has been successful in real estate.
Futurist career [ edit ]
The Transhumanist Wager, Istvan began actively promoting transhumanism and other futurist issues via speeches, media interviews, activism, and his writings. 
Istvan's writings and ideas on transhumanism, philosophy, atheism, and futurist issues have been featured in
, Yahoo News , The Daily Telegraph  , The Huffington Post UK  , The Daily Beast  , Business Insider and other media sites. Istvan and his ideas have been featured on  Fox News Channel's , Stossel show  CNN's Inside Man, RT's television show Desde La Sombra,  Ryan O'Shea's Future Grind podcast, and the  Joe Rogan Experience. Istvan has also written for  , Gizmodo  New Scientist,  Salon,  TechCrunch,  The Daily Dot,  International Business Times  Singularity University's Singularity Hub,  Daily Mail,  TechInsider,  Newsweek,  Futurism, and  . Slate 
Istvan is a member of the
World Future Society, a volunteer Ambassador for The Seasteading Institute, an advisory board member of the India Future Society,  a member of the Young Professionals, an advisory board member of A-Team for Wildlife,  and is on the Futurist and Space Settlement boards of the  Lifeboat Foundation. 
He has regularly given talks on futurist and transhumanist topics, which include speeches at the
World Future Society's annual conference, Transhuman Visions in San Francisco,  Brighter Brain's Future of Emotional Health and Intelligence Conference at  University of California, Berkeley,  TEDxTransmedia in Geneva, Switzerland,  and being the opening keynote speaker at the  Camp Alphaville conference. Financial Times 
2016 presidential campaign [ edit ]
In October 2014, Istvan announced that he was "in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run" for U.S. President in 2016. He stated that his goals would be to support scientists in "overcoming human death and aging within 15-20 years", to encourage Americans to embrace "radical technology and science", and to set up safeguards against dangers including potential abuse of such technology.
  
In October/November 2014 interviews, he explained that he aimed to unify the transhumanist community which otherwise was splintered, and to establish a single voice.
He said great changes in society could happen and that Transhumanism could provide ideas, safeguards and policies.  He said the aim for a Transhumanist Party would be to get onto as many state ballots as possible.  
In March 2015, Istvan reported progress in organizing a campaign, and explained his wish to get major candidates to address issues. He hoped to be included in some debates, at least with third parties. He himself had funded nearly all of his campaign's expenses to date, however, and he noted donations were needed.
Istvan helped to publicize his campaign in late 2015 by driving a bus shaped like a casket – the "Immortality Bus" – across the United States.
 Istvan planned the bus tour to raise awareness of life extension.   At the end of the Immortality Bus tour, Istvan delivered a "Transhumanist Bill of Rights" to the US Capitol.  
His 20-point platform includes a Universal Basic Income, increased funding for space travel, and taking money from the military and putting it into science and medicine.
  
In February 2016, it was reported that he was likely to vote
Democrat, placing himself "somewhere between Bernie and Hillary in terms of political ideologies", but in September 2016 Istvan also wrote that he was not for or against any of the major presidential candidates.  On October 15, 2016, he stated on his social media accounts that he would be voting for himself.  
As of June 2016, Istvan was not on the ballot in any state, though he claimed substantial potential
write-in backers. 
Philosophy [ edit ]
According to Istvan's novel, the three laws of Transhumanism are:
A transhumanist must safeguard one's own existence above all else.
A transhumanist must strive to achieve omnipotence as expediently as possible—so long as one's actions do not conflict with the First Law.
A transhumanist must safeguard value in the universe—so long as one's actions do not conflict with the First and Second Laws.
Istvan states that in the 21st Century, everyone faces a Transhumanist Wager.
Istvan is the creator of Theistcideism,
  the AI Imperative,  the Singularity Disparity,   and Jethro's Window,  a possible solution to the  Fermi Paradox. Istvan is also a populizer of AI Day, the Jesus Singularity,   and a robot AI president.   
Istvan authored an article entitled "Transhumanism and Theistcideism" for publication in
Pandeism: An Anthology (2017). 
Istvan has a chip implant in his hand and consulted for the US Navy on broad use of the implant in humans.
    
Within the transhumanist community, reactions to the foundation of the US Transhumanist Party have ranged from the enthusiastic and supportive to the sharply critical. Some transhumanist critics, such as Peter Rothman, have questioned whether the Transhumanist Party adds value to the overall goals of transhumanism.
Natasha Vita-More criticized Istvan saying "In that the transhumanist movement is global, diverse, and comprised of varied political and religious views that support and advocate the values and tenets of Transhumanist Thinking...There have been numerous persons over the decades who have entered the social network of transhumanism as uninformed. It is obvious when a person sincerely wants to be a part of the culture or showboating for effect. The issue is not that either behavior has or does not have high-level value or contributions to the core of Transhumanist Thinking, but these individuals *need something* from Transhumanist Thinking." 
Personal life [ edit ]
Istvan resides in
Mill Valley, California with his daughters and physician wife. He identifies as an atheist.  
In February 2015, he helped launch BiZoHa, the world’s first ‘free-thinker’ orphanage, in Mukhoya,
Kasese district, western Uganda. Istvan’s promotional article on the topic in  Vice's Motherboard, helped a GoFundMe campaign to achieve success in raising $5,820 to provide funding for the orphanage.  
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