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Transhumanism

The Future of the LGBT Movement May Involve Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoltan Istvan

In the future, transhumanist technology and science will compliment the LGBT movement and help push it forward in the face of continued social oppression and closed-mindedness.

Is it Time for Fast Track Atheist Security Checks at Airports?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

I can't help but wonder if I really have to wait in hour-plus lines since no atheist--so far as I can discover--has ever been accused of bombing or highjacking a plane.

Can Transhumanism Overcome a Widespread Deathist Culture?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Zoltan Istvan

To change the deathist culture in America and abroad, it's important for people to understand that lengthening lives and having the ability to overcome human mortality is not something that has to be seen as clashing with religion.

Transhumanist Party Scientists Frown on Talk of Genetic Engineering Moratorium

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A wave of ethical discussions and admonitions recently appeared after Chinese scientists reported successfully editing an embryo's DNA.

Are You Ready For Robot Preachers?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

If your first thought when you hear "robot preacher" is the Preacherbot character from the popular TV show Futurama, we don't blame you. But for Flori...

The Culture of Transhumanism Is About Self-Improvement

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Over the last few years, I've received various reactions from the public about my articles on transhumanism. Those reactions have ranged all across the board--from spewing hatred to mocking skepticism to genuine interest.

Major Transhumanism Conference Features Both Rising and Seasoned Experts

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.30.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Increasingly, futurists are hoping that through politics, radical science and technology will gain a better foothold in society.

An Atheist's Perspective on the Rise of Christian Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanism is not a religion, nor is it in competition with religion. It is simply a mode of being that embraces evolving the human being with science, reason, and technology.

AI vs. Human Intelligence: Why Computers Will Never Create Disruptive Innovations

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 04.26.2015 | Science
Nick Seneca Jankel

I am convinced that no computer, no matter how powerful, will ever be able to purposefully innovate an artistic breakthrough like Hip Hop; or a commercial one like Instagram. Breakthrough creativity is fundamentally organic, not algorithmic.

What Can Supporters Do for Transhumanism?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The most wonderful thing about transhumanism is that whenever someone supports the movement and does something directly for it, they are also supporting their own health and longevity, and the health and longevity of their loved ones.

A TEDx Talk Celebrating Scientists and Exploring the Technological Future of Beauty

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

It also discusses the future of beauty as we progress into a more technologically advanced and digital world. Here's the condensed version of the second half of the speech.

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.01.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

All things considered, the trauma alert implant sounds like a sensible and impressive thing. So why don't we have them yet?

A Stanford University Debate: Transhumanism vs. Anarcho-Primitivism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Last Saturday night at Stanford University, I had the honor of publicly debating the world's leading anarcho-primitivist philosopher John Zerzan. As a transhumanist, I differ from Zerzan on just about every topic.

A TEDx Talk on Beauty and Life Extension Science

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

What is happening to our species is we are becoming far more than just human. All around us incredible advances in technology are changing and improving us.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Zoltan Istvan

Earlier this year, the first mind-to-mind communication took place. Hooked up to brain wave headsets, a researcher in India projected a thought to a colleague in France, and they understood each other. Telepathy went from the pages of science fiction to reality.

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

'Evolution Right Now Is in the Marketplace'

Pete Shanks | Posted 11.12.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

George Church -- professor at Harvard and MIT, multifaceted researcher, entrepreneur, author and advocate of open-access genomics -- gives good quotation. The latest publication to exploit this is The Economist, which just ran a feature about him called "Welcome to my genome," which includes some of Church's predictions for human genetic modification.

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

Baggage Culture and Why Embracing Transhumanism Doesn't Come Easy

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

For many thousands of years now, the human race has been indoctrinated to submit to orthodoxy and to cower before authority, and to swallow endless nonsense from both.

Civil Rights Clash: Transhumanists Prepare to Challenge an Anti-Cryonics Law in Canada

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

British Columbia has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics. The stage is being set for a civil rights clash. Cryonicists say they will challenge the law in court, citing it as a human rights violation that threatens their ultimate transhuman goal of trying to live indefinitely.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

Watch Out Cupid! Transhumanism is Going to Change Love

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you're in a coffee shop, don't overlook that 70-year-old sitting in the corner reading Dickens, Hemmingway, or maybe even a copy of The Transhumanist Wager. That senior citizen with their years of wisdom and experience might soon be fair game for a love interest.

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.