Zoltan Istvan is a world-leading expert on transhumanism and a prominent futurist who writes about radical tech and scientific issues, including AI, biohacking, genetic editing, life extension and the future of politics. Spearheading the transhumanist movement, he has served as a government advisor and consulted for notable institutions such as the US Military, XPRIZE and the United Arab Emirates. Seeking to apply science and technology to improve human potential, Zoltan is a highly sought-after speaker who has spoken at the World Bank, Microsoft, Harvard, World Economic Forum and the Global Leaders Forum.
Highly educated, Zoltan holds a bachelor’s in Philosophy and Religion from Columbia University and a master’s in Ethics Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He began his career as a Journalist for National Geographic, working in writing, filming, photography and production. In 2004, he became the Country Communications Director for WildAid, where he played an integral role in protecting and rescuing endangered wildlife in Southeast Asia, most notably leading armed patrol units to stop illegal deforestation and save poached animals. A courageous individual, Zoltan received two awards for the documentary Pawns of Paradise, which covered the ongoing conflict in Kashmir.
Zoltan is also an experienced politician who founded and served as Chairman of the Transhumanist Party between 2014 and 2016. During the two years, he prepared his campaign to run in the 2016 US Presidential race against Donald Trump. Zoltan used the exposure to educate the masses about transhumanist philosophy, highlighting the potential for humans to live healthier, longer and happier lives. He also became the original author of the Transhumanist Bill of Rights, which was delivered to the US Capitol. A bestselling author, Zoltan’s novel The Transhumanist Wager reached number one on Amazon’s philosophy category.
A catalyst for the transhumanist movement, Zoltan’s life work was recently featured in the Amazon Prime documentary Immortality or Bust. As a leading expert in AI, robot and drone warfare and transhumanism, he has been interviewed by prominent broadcasters, including Fox News, BBC and the Joe Rogan Experience. Zoltan has also contributed thought leadership articles to notable publications, such as The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Vice and Yahoo! Now available to hire for speaking engagements, Zoltan captivates audiences with his thought-provoking presentations on the future applications of AI.
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