Last year I was lucky enough to go on a cruise from Athens to Istanbul with a very smart crowd: the Stanford Alumni. It was a small cruise, navigating through most of the Greek islands, with a peculiarity: every day, after a perfect day relaxing on beaches to dream of, and seeing beautiful places, we had a lesson. Yes a real university lesson.
As a matter of fact, on the cruise there were also 3 professors who would give a lesson every day. A “beautiful” way to spend vacation (at least, in my view) : an intellectual vacation.
Well, my vacation was also pollinated by other information, ideas and forecast ideas, all triggered by a book. “The Transhumanist Wager”, a philosophical science fiction book which today is a known bestseller.
I was so engaged in the book and I immersed myself so deeply in the plot that I even skipped 2 excursions!
Some time after my cruise, when I went to San Francisco for my course at Singularity University I asked Zoltan Istvan, the book’s author, to meet me for a coffee. We started talking about what’s in store for the future and I shared with him the TEDxTransmedia’s theme I wanted to explore for 2014.
In a sense, I got the idea from that discussion, therefore I invited him on the spot and he was the first speaker on my agenda.
Zoltan is Istvan is a philosopher, futurist, journalist, and transhumanist.
At the age of 21, he began a solo, sailing journey around the world. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He traveled over 100 countries, many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel and his work was covered by the most important media companies (like The New York Times, The Huffington PostThe NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, etc)
After the success of his book, Zoltan started actively promoting transhumanism and other futurist issues giving talks, media interviews and of course, writing.
I’m happy to have Zoltan Istvan on the stage of TEDxTransmedia 2014: he’s a techno-optimist and he will leave us with a positive feeling when looking into the future!