Transcendence (feat. Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist) : Episode 40

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What: In the movie Transcendence: Johnny Depp pretty much becomes the lawnmower man. On the show: we run off into the weeds and ramble about the singularity. 🙂
Directed by: Wally Pfister
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara

Featuring guest co-host
zoltan istvan headshot
Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist presidential candidate

Recommended and Related Media

Zoltan Istvan
Zoltan’s website has more info on him and his platform. Here’s my very favorite thing from the front page:

Check out Zoltan Istvan

The Works of Ray Kurzweil
Kurzweil is the guy to go to for all your Singularity needs. The guy has been on this kick for decades and might very well live long enough to see it happen. He’s written a number of books on this and related topics – here are a few.
The Singularity is Near iTunes | Amazon
How to Create a Mind iTunes | Amazon
The Age of Spiritual Machines iTunes | Amazon

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
We’ve recommended this before, and here it is again because it is our very favorite volume on the topic.
Get the thing iTunes | Amazon

Show Notes


Running for President of the USA as an atheist and a transhumanist.

The Singularity

Kurzweil. Vernor Vinge. The post-work economy. Luddites and progress.

Artificial Intelligence

Uploading the human mind. Will people try to convert the first real artificial super intelligence?


Improving humanity through technology. Medicine. Life extension and immortality. The Transhumanist Wager. The power of love.


Can you prove that you are self-aware?
That’s a difficult question. Can you?

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