Born in California, Zoltan Istvan is often cited as a global leader of the radical science movement. A humanitarian activist and former journalist for National Geographic, Istvan has traveled to over 100 countries, and has a degree in Philosophy and Religion from Columbia University. He has consulted for the US Navy and the Government of Dubai as a futurist, and given speeches at conferences around the world, including at the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and various Global Leader forums. He has written three books, bestselling The Transhumanist Wager, The Futureisist Cure, and his latest book of political essays which reached #1 in Politics on Amazon: Upgrading America.
He is a former director at wildlife organization WildAid, an endorsed 2018 libertarian California gubernatorial candidate, the original author of the Transhumanist Bill of Rights, and a frequently interviewed expert on AI, genetic editing, tech policy, and futurism. His science, technology, and libertarian activism has reached over 100 million people.
A successful self-made entrepreneur with multiple businesses, Zoltan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his physician wife and two young daughters. He is excited to be running as a libertarian Vice Presidential candidate in the 2020 Libertarian Party race.