Zoltan Istvan is an advocate for the transhumanist movement, former National Geographic reporter, libertarian futurist, entrepreneur, and author of the philosophical science fiction novel "The Transhumanist Wager" (see bottom of this page). Zoltan is based in California and in 2018 he ran in the gubernatorial elections (he also ran for the US presidential elections in 2016) in order to attract attention to the message of transhumanism today, which is "overcoming human death and aging within 15-20 years". With the right money in the right place, say Zoltan, this goal is perfectly achievable in the light of the science and technology available today.
What I liked the most about speaking to Zoltan is that his support for transhumanism is sustained by a fundamental love for life. That's why we want to live longer, to celebrate "the beauty of being alive". Zoltan talks about how he got started in the movement years ago and clarifies some common misconceptions about what transhumanism stands for. I would like to thank him for being so friendly with me despite being all over the media and, well, a "big deal". Thank you Zoltan, you are a big deal and I hope I get to... live to see some of the wonders we talked about.
One of my favourite quotes from the episode: "Data is more profitable than oil".
Zoltan's website: http://www.zoltanistvan.com