Advisory Board

J. Ben Zion

J. Ben Zion is a filmmaker, dedicated transhumanist activist, a U. S. Transhumanist Party Presidential Candidate for the 2020 election, and Founder and Chair of the Arizona Transhumanist Party. His campaign slogan is “Radical Life Extension is closer than you think.

He is best known for microblogging about Transhumanism, as a political organizer and Presidential Candidate for the Transhumanist Party, and for The Return of the Native, set in Appalachia during The Great Depression and loosely based on the novel by Thomas Hardy.

Ben is the author of the Futurist New Deal For America which includes a platform on healthy longevity and promotes free Wi-Fi for all as well as greatly enhanced e-government technologies, banning fossil fuel imports, and a variety of other groundbreaking initiatives.

The core Futurist New Deal platform consists of:

  1. Easy Electronic Voting

  2. Mandatory Voter Participation

  3. “Data For All” as a Public Good

  4. Online Learning Options for K-12

  5. Banning Crude Exports and Fossil Fuel Subsidies

  6. Drug Decriminalization and Criminal Justice Reform

  7. Legalization of Sex Work

  8. Repeal “Citizens United” and Remove Dark Money from Politics

  9. Dismantling the ALEC lobby

  10. 52k a Year in Basic Income

Ben has a diverse background but he always remained passionate for techno-futurist values. He is a policy analyst, career educator, STEM curriculum developer, business trainer, and a biotech entrepreneur with an emphasis on developing boutique products in the field of biosynthesis and conservation genetics.

Ben entered the USTP presidential primary relatively early in spring 2019. He participated in numerous interviews on Steele Archer’s show Debt Nation and in August 2019 he made an announcement with rival candidate Kimberly Forsythe, that each would choose the other as a vice presidential running mate should either of them win the primary election. Around October, Forsythe left the race for professional reasons.

After winning the primary, Ben gave his acceptance speech along side Chairperson Gennady Stolyarov and held a U.S. Transhumanist Party Meeting at RAADFest 2019 in Las Vegas. Shortly thereafter, film producer, entrepreneur, longevity organizer, and Lifeboat Advisory Board member Charlie Kam became Ben’s running mate.

On October 19, 2019, Ben spoke to the DC Transhumanists meetup in Arlington, VA and then met with the local SlateStarCodex and LessWrong groups. On Sunday Nov 3rd he spoke at the Foresight Institute’s Vision Weekend Event in San Francisco. On November 24th, 2019 he spoke to undergraduates at Princeton University as part of the Princeton Envision conference.

Ben Zion 2020 and the USTP are currently working with Apoll0 to develop a blockchain voting and e-governance app that will revolutionize, organize, and allow for I-voting across the USA.

Read and follow Ben’s profile at the USTP official website. Read The Futurist New Deal for America. Read the news posts about Ben at The Rational Argumentator.

Watch Gennady Stolyarov II and Ben discuss a Transhumanist Vision for U.S. Policy. Watch Ben’s kickoff speech in Arlington, VA – “The Futurist New Deal for America. Watch Ben and Natasha Vita-More talk about techno-optimism. Watch Ben at ideaXme talking about the Futurist New Deal.

Visit his LinkedIn profile, homepage, and his IMDb profile. Follow him on his personal Facebook profile, campaign Facebook profile, YouTube, and Twitter.