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Presidential longshot at CTIA 2015 promising nothing less than immortality

Jon Gold | Sept. 11, 2015
I hadn’t come to room 3301 of the Sands Expo to see Zoltan Istvan speak. I had come because the official CTIA Super Mobility 2015 conference app had pinged a notification to me that Mike Tyson – a boxer of some repute – was due to participate in a panel discussion and I wanted to startle my editors by landing a quote from Iron Mike.

Istvan is touring the country in a bus dolled up to look like a coffin, complete with a white floral arrangement on top, funded by a successful $25,000 IndieGoGo campaign. The idea, he said, is to prompt people to think about their own mortality.

“The number one goal of transhumanism is overcoming death,” he said. “Transhumanists just simply don’t like the idea that we’re here for a limited amount of time and we have to accept it.”

The ultimate aim is to bring a “Cyborg bill of rights” to Washington D.C., he says, and nail or otherwise affix it to the doors of Congress. Istvan knows he’s not going to win the presidency, but he does want to raise awareness.

“We are becoming something different,” he said. “And the speed at which we are becoming something different is accelerating incredibly fast.”


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