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Zoltan Istvan

Bestselling visionary author Zoltan Istvan, an American-Hungarian, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He’s explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughter and physician wife. Zoltan recently published The Transhumanist Wager, a fictional thriller describing apatheist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. The novel was recently a #1 bestseller in both Philosophy and Sci-Fi Visionary & Metaphysical on Amazon. Zoltan also blogs for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.


Envisioning Politics 2.0 by David Wood and Alexander Karran eds. (2015)

"Will Transhumanism Change Racism in the Future?"   Huffington Post  (Jun 2, 2016)

"Why Transhumanism Will Not (And Should Not) Become The Political Mainstream"   Ethical Technology  (Jan 24, 2016)

"What the Case of Zoltan Istvan Says about the State of Transhumanist Politics"   Ethical Technology  (Oct 19, 2015)

"Book Review: The Transhumanist Wager by Zoltan Istvan"   eHumanDawn  (Sep 25, 2015)

"The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan"   Ethical Technology  (Sep 1, 2015)

"Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing"   Huffington Post  (Aug 17, 2015)

"The “Immortality Bus” Will Soon Be Rolling Across America"   Ethical Technology  (Jul 8, 2015)

"Can Transhumanism Overcome a Widespread Deathist Culture?"   Huffington Post  (May 28, 2015)

"The Culture of Transhumanism Is About Self-Improvement"   Huffington Post  (May 19, 2015)

"Transhumanism Grew Rapidly in 2014"  (Jan 6, 2015)

"#13: When Does Hindering Life Extension Science Become a Crime?"   Ethical Technology  (Dec 26, 2014)

"A Stanford University Debate: Transhumanism vs. Anarcho-Primitivism"  (Nov 26, 2014)

"A TEDx Talk on Beauty and Life Extension Science"  (Nov 10, 2014)

"Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?"  (Sep 29, 2014)

"Watch Out Cupid! Transhumanism is Going to Change Love"  (Sep 9, 2014)

"Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future"  (Aug 26, 2014)

"Baggage Culture and Why Embracing Transhumanism Doesn’t Come Easy"  (Aug 7, 2014)

"Interview with Transhumanist Biohacker Rich Lee"   psychologytoday  (Jul 8, 2014)

"Transhumanist Art Will Help Guide People to Becoming Masterpieces"   Huff Post  (Jun 10, 2014)

"How science and technology changes us: Cryonics"   Ethical Technology  (Jun 5, 2014)

Recent Multimedia
The dilemma of human enhancement   2015-08-20

Religion and AI   2015-02-20

Past Appearances
Hughes, Brin, Anderson, Pellissier, Sirius, Gillis, Kuzsewski @ Future of Politics (Oakland, California - Oct 18, 2015)

Extreme Future Tech Conference (Redmond, WA - Jul 18, 2015)

Siegel, Pellissier, Kuszewski @ The Future of Emotional Health and Intelligence (Berkeley, California - Jul 26, 2014)