Writer & philosopher Zoltan Istvan has announced that he is running for President in 2016 as the candidate of the new Transhumanist Party, which he founded this year. Istvan made the announcement in a Huffington Post article entitled Should a Transhumanist Run for US President? From the announcement:
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.
In addition to upholding American values, prosperity, and security, the three primary goals of my political agenda are as follows:
1) Attempt to do everything possible to make it so this country’s amazing scientists and technologists have resources to overcome human death and aging within 15-20 years–a goal an increasing number of leading scientists think is reachable.
2) Create a cultural mindset in America that embracing and producing radical technology and science is in the best interest of our nation and species.
3) Create national and global safeguards and programs that protect people against abusive technology and other possible planetary perils we might face as we transition into the transhumanist era.
According to Wikipedia, “From a political perspective, the purpose of the Transhumanist Party is to spread transhumanism as broadly as possible into American life, so that US citizens may live longer, healthier, and happier lives using the benefits of science and technology. The Transhumanist Party also aims to create a national platform that transhumanists can use to effectively run for various political offices in America.
“Critics, including some transhumanists, have questioned whether the Transhumanist Party adds value to the overall goals of transhumanism.”
For more information on Zoltan Istvan, follow him on Twitter @zoltan_istvan.