Zoltan Istvan

American writer, futurist, philosopher and transhumanist

Zoltan Istvan Gyurko,[1] professionally known as Zoltan Istvan (born 1973), is an American transhumanist,[2] journalist,[3] entrepreneur[4][5] and Libertarian futurist.[6][7]

Zoltan Istvan
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Zoltan Istvan Gyurko, 2017
Personal details
Zoltan Istvan Gyurko[1]

1973 (age 46–47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other political
Libertarian (2017–2018)
Transhumanist (before 2017)
Spouse(s)Lisa M. Memmel, MD
ResidenceMill Valley, California, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationJournalist and entrepreneur
Known forTranshumanist politics

Formerly a reporter for the National Geographic Channel.[8] He wrote for Vice's Motherboard,[9] Wired,[10] The Huffington Post[11], TechCrunch[12] and Newsweek.[13]

In late 2014, Istvan announced his plans to run for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[14] In 2017, Istvan announced his plans to run for Governor of California in the 2018 election as a member of the Libertarian Party.[15][16]

In November 2017, Istvan announced his plans to run for President of the United States in the 2020 presidential election for the Libertarian Party.[17] In January 2019, he announced that he withdrew from the Libertarian primary.[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "FEC Form 2 Statement of Candidacy" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/magazine/600-miles-in-a-coffin-shaped-bus-campaigning-against-death-itself.html?_r=0
  3. Bartlett, Jamie (April 3, 2014). "'Transhumanists' are planning to upload your mind to a memory stick..." The Telegraph. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  4. "Transhumanist novel by Zoltan Istvan sparks intense dialog among futurists".
  5. "Ziventures - About".
  6. http://www.newsweek.com/zoltan-istvan-california-governor-libertarian-555088
  7. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-for-zoltan-istvan-transhumaist-and-1487793348-htmlstory.html
  8. "Writing & Photography Assignments". ZI Ventures. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  9. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/contributor/zoltan-istvan
  10. https://www.wired.co.uk/profile/zoltan-istvan
  11. "Zoltan Istvan". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  12. https://techcrunch.com/contributor/zoltan-istvan/
  13. http://www.newsweek.com/search/site/zoltan%20istvan
  14. Zoltan Istvan (January 22, 2015). "The Transhumanist Party's Presidential Candidate on the Future of Politics". Motherboard.vice.com. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  15. "ZoltanIstvan.com".
  16. "Zoltan Istvan, who advocates radical technology, hopes to be governor of California". February 12, 2017.
  17. Kellogg, Spencer (November 25, 2017). "Interview With Libertarian Party Transhumanist, Running for California Governor, Zoltan Istvan". 71 Republic. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  18. Istvan, Zoltan (January 11, 2019). "January 11, 2019 Blog Post". Maven Round Table. Retrieved January 11, 2019.

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