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Gennady Stolyarov II is an American libertarian and transhumanist writer and the chairman of the Transhumanist Party in the United States.[1] In 2013 he authored the children's book Death is Wrong, which endeavors to educate young readers and others interested in longevity regarding the feasibility and desirability of achieving indefinite life extension within current readers' lifetimes.[2]

Stolyarov has written for the IEET, Wave Chronicle and many other futurist and libertarian publications.[3][4][5][6] He regularly produces YouTube videos discussing life extension and transhumanist philosophy and politics.[7] He publishes most of his writing at the website The Rational Argumentator.[8] He is the chief executive and co-founder of the Nevada Transhumanist Party, and took over leadership of the U.S. Transhumanist Party in November 2016. [9][10]

Early Life

Gennady Stolyarov II (Russian: Геннадий Константинович Столяров II) was born in 1987 in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, which became the capital of newly independent Belarus in 1991. He lived in Minsk at a young age.[11] His paternal grandfather, Gennady Stolyarov (Russian: Геннадий Константинович Столяров), led the development of some of the first computers in the Soviet Union during the late 1950s and 1960s.[12]

After migrating to the United States and becoming an American citizen, Gennady Stolyarov II attended Hillsdale College with a triple major in economics, German, and mathematics.[13] Economist Robert P. Murphy called Stolyarov his "best student at Hillsdale College".[14] In November 2008 Stolyarov became the first recipient of the Foundation for Economic Education's Eugene S. Thorpe Award for his essay "Globalization: Extending the Market and Human Well-Being".[13][15]

Work

Stolyarov has been highly influenced by the philosophy of Ayn Rand.[16][17] His writings include science fiction, philosophical essays, poetry, and study guides.[18] He has also published his own musical compositions and had composed 92 musical works as of October 2021.[19]

In February 2014, Stolyarov started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to give his children's book, Death is Wrong, to 1000 children. In the book, he argues that death is an enemy and encourages readers to help overcome it using technology. [20] According to the book campaign's Indiegogo page, the goal of $5000 was exceeded by late April 2014.[21] Death is Wrong has been translated into French (La mort, c’est mal!)[22], Portuguese (A Morte é um Erro)[23], Russian («Смерть неправильна!»)[24], and Spanish (La muerte está mal)[25].

Under Stolyarov's tenure as Chairman of the United States Transhumanist Party, it has grown to about 1,100 members as of October 2018 [26], 1,600 members during the summer of 2019 [27], 1,800 members as of September 2019 [28], and 3,500 members as of September 2021.[29] There is no monetary cost to being a member of the United States Transhumanist Party, according to the U.S. Transhumanist Party website.[30] He is also registered as the Chief Executive of the Nevada Transhumanist Party. In 2018, Stolyarov began a campaign to run for a seat on the Board of Trustees for the Indian Hills General Improvement District (IHGID), located in Carson City and Douglas County, Nevada.[31] Stolyarov did not win a seat on the IHGID Board but received 520 votes out of 2,024 residents who cast their ballots, meaning that 25.7% of the voters cast affirmative ballots in his favor.[32] Stolyarov ran again for the IHGID Board of Trustees in 2020. The presence of five candidates in that race triggered a primary in June 2020, where the turnout was significantly lower than in 2018 and Stolyarov received 253 votes out of 1216 ballots cast (20.8%). Because another candidate received 17 more votes than Stolyarov, Stolyarov did not advance to the general election; subsequently, that candidate indicated that he would not accept the office of Board Member if he were elected.[33]

On March 31, 2018, Nikola Danaylov of the Singularity.FM program interviewed Stolyarov for nearly three hours, which broke the record for the length of Danaylov’s conversations. The interview covered the efforts and aspirations of the U.S. Transhumanist Party, and also delved into such subjects as the definition of transhumanism, intelligence and morality, the technological Singularity or Singularities, and health and fitness. [34]

On September 13, 2018, Stolyarov presented virtually to the Vanguard Scientific Instruments in Management 2018 (VSIM:18) Conference in Ravda, Bulgaria, on the subject of “How Transhumanism Can Transcend Socialism, Libertarianism, and All Other Conventional Ideologies” – which described the key strengths and weaknesses of libertarianism, socialism, conservatism, and left-liberalism, the common failings of these and all other conventional ideologies, and why transhumanism offers a principled, integrated, dynamic approach for a new era of history, which can overcome all of these failings.[35]

In September 2018, Stolyarov was a speaker at the 2018 RAAD Festival[26], where he also interviewed Ray Kurzweil.[36][37] Stolyarov returned to the RAAD Festival in October 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he delivered an overview of the U.S. Transhumanist Party 2019 Electronic Primary.[38]

In July 2019 Stolyarov's 60-page essay, “The United States Transhumanist Party and the Politics of Abundance”, was published as Chapter 5 of The Transhumanism Handbook, a major compilation of transhumanist thought edited by Newton Lee.[39] In this essay, Stolyarov offers a detailed explanation of the premises behind transhumanist politics and what the U.S. Transhumanist Party stands for, in a narrative that is current through year-end 2018. Subsequently, on August 24, 2019, in Burbank, California, Stolyarov spoke to update the audience on recent U.S. Transhumanist Party activities in 2019.[40]

Stolyarov spoke at the virtual RAADfest 2020 to provide an update as to the 2020 U.S. Transhumanist Party campaign of Charlie Kam and Liz Parrish for President and Vice-President of the United States.[41] He also participated in the Longevity Activism Panel at the virtual RAADfest 2021 on October 3, 2021, sharing insights on effective approaches for promoting the longevity message.[42]

Stolyarov is an actuary as well as a writer.[43][44][45][27][46][47] Beginning in 2010, he spearheaded the first initiative in the United States to publicly post insurers’ home and private passenger automobile policy forms on a State website.[48] His book Practice Problems for Advanced Topics in General Insurance has been published annually by ACTEX Learning beginning in 2015 and had its Sixth Edition released in 2021.[49][50]

Media Coverage

Stolyarov's 2008 critique of WALL-E, a film which Stolyarov called "an assault on modern civilization, borne of deep economic and historical ignorance", was covered and satirized by Sean O'Neal of AV Club in his overview of the controversy generated by that film.[51][52]

In an article on transhumanism's attempts to overcome mortality, James Moore of the Huffington Post provided a discussion of Stolyarov's motivation in writing Death is Wrong: "Why not believe this is possible, Stolyarov asks, because the first part of accomplishing immortality is to believe it is possible and dying is not required. Teach that to the young and the world will change. Death, he insists, is wrong."[53]

Rebecca Hiscott of Mashable wrote an extensive profile of Death is Wrong and noted that the book’s “final message is a call to action: Dying is wrong, children, but through scientific progress you can make it right.”[54] She also highlighted “Stolyarov's fear: If children are not taught that death can be overcome, they will never strive to overcome it.”[54] Leanne Butkovic of Fast Company wrote of Death is Wrong that "The language is just saccharine enough for children to dig into, but the portentous themes will strike deep, philosophical chords in adults. The overall message is positive: The way technology is headed, we should be able to continue discovering and doing the things we love indefinitely."[55] Joelle Renstrom, writing for Slate's Future Tense, criticized the book by calling it "creepy" and saying, "Kids could grow up not just afraid of death, but also afraid of failing to fix it."[56] However, in late 2014, Renstrom also acknowledged that "Transhumanism has gained traction as scientists and thinkers such as Ray Kurzweil, Aubrey de Grey, and Gennady Stolyarov have become increasingly well known."[57] Meghan Neal of Motherboard also called the book "creepy" but noted, "Wacky as this still all sounds, he may have a point."[58] Eric Schulke of the Movement for Indefinite Life Extension responded to Renstrom's article, writing, "People like the author of the Slate article want children to continue growing up afraid of life. They want death to continue to drag down their spirits and traumatize them."[59] Stolyarov also responded to Renstrom's critique, writing, "Was fear of death my motivation for writing Death is Wrong? Absolutely not [...] I said that fear only exists in the face of the possibility of losing something one values. The reason I wrote this book is not primarily that I fear death, but rather that I love life and wish for all innocent humans to have the opportunity to live indefinitely. But I also see no shame in fearing the loss of what one loves."[60] Mark Shrayber of Jezebel authored a profile on Death is Wrong, which, while it echoed some of Renstrom's criticisms, also offered various points of agreement.[61] Shrayber wrote, "I agree that death is a frightening concept, one that keeps me up many nights. [...] I want to agree with Stolyarov that the singularity is coming and that in less than thirty years we will have harnessed life-extension to a point where we can all at least live to be 100. But I don't know if this is a concept we should be selling to children, especially without looking at the complexity of what such advances could mean."[61]

B. J. Murphy of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and The Proactionary Transhumanist blog called Death is Wrong a "wonderful children's book" and wrote, "This is the book I wish I'd have read as a young child."[62] Zoltan Istvan, in his transhumanist column for Psychology Today, agreed with Murphy, adding, "I thought the book was fun to read and important in what it tries to accomplish."[63] On March 21, 2014, Zoltan Istvan also posted briefly about how "Stolyarov's book really makes the media rounds and gives transhumanism some excellent attention."[64] Death is Wrong was also favorably reviewed by Giulio Prisco, who called it "a delicious little book for children and for life-extension advocates of all ages" and noted that "Provocative strong messages get heard, and teaching children that death will be cured is very provocative in today’s dull, defeatist, politically correct cultural climate."[65]

Frank Swain of BBC Future interviewed Stolyarov in April 2014 and described Death is Wrong as “a controversial children’s book that encourages young minds to reject the fatalist notion that death is inevitable.”[66] He described Stolyarov’s view that death “is simply a technological challenge waiting for the appropriate level of money and manpower to solve it.”[66] Stolyarov is cited as stating that “It would be wonderful to get to a world where all death is optional. Right now, essentially all of us are sentenced to the death penalty, even though most of us have done nothing to deserve it.”[66]

In his last regular column for BBC Future on September 23, 2014, Frank Swain revisited his interview with Stolyarov and featured Stolyarov's views on the future of human augmentation: "Instead of relentlessly optimising ourselves to a model of perfection, he predicts an explosion of diversity. 'Different people would choose to augment themselves in different ways, stretching their abilities in different directions. We will not see a monolithic hierarchy of some augmented humans at the top, while the non-augmented humans get relegated to the bottom,' he reasons. 'Rather, widespread acceptance of emerging technologies would create a future where a thousand augmented flowers will bloom.'"[67] Swain wrote, "I prefer Stolyarov’s vision of the future, and it’s one I subscribe to."[67]

In a November 26, 2015, article on Medium, Collin Duncan suggests that the implication of Death is Wrong is that "The acceptance of transhumanist technology and ethical values is not simply an option — it is a necessary moral imperative upon which future generations must be based."[68]

Jasper Hamill of Metro, in a November 5, 2018, profile on the Transhumanist Bill of Rights, cited Stolyarov's description of Version 2.0 of that document: "The Transhumanist Bill of Rights, Version 2.0, is an aspirational document describing how a future society which appropriately recognizes the value of all sentient entities will treat those entities so as to ensure that a positive-sum existence can be attainable for all."[69] As Chairman of the U.S. Transhumanist Party, Stolyarov administered the member votes that led to the compilations of Versions 2.0 and 3.0 of the Transhumanist Bill of Rights. [70][71]

Molly Fosco of OZY Media interviewed Stolyarov for the March 25, 2019, Episode 4 of the Future of Health podcast, where Stolyarov’s thoughts were cited regarding the future of radical life extension, the technologies involved in it, the philosophy of transhumanism, and how humans who apply various commonplace technologies can already be considered transhuman.[72] In the podcast Stolyarov is quoted as stating that “Radical life extension will be a combination of nanotechnology, robotics, AI and repairing the body at the cellular level” and “Nothing is beyond the reach of human reason in terms of improving our state of life, including the radical extension of human life.”[72] Stolyarov further expressed his thoughts about types of future enhancements: "I think the future is one of integration between biological and mechanical or electronic augmentations. The key is to preserve a certain continuity of bodily processes. Whatever part you get, it needs to integrate seamlessly into your existing organism."[72]

On October 11, 2019, in The Friday Times of Pakistan, Hanniah Tariq cited Stolyarov's writing on the evolutionary significance of the opposable thumb.[73]

Alex Pearlman published an extensive profile of the U.S. Transhumanist Party's 2019 Presidential Primary on Medium's GEN on October 16, 2019. While Pearlman described some of the chaos of the USTP primary process, she also noted that "Since taking over, Stolyarov has organized the fringe ideology [of transhumanism] into an efficient political machine".[27]

WIRED Magazine featured Stolyarov's views on transhumanism in a profile by Laura Mackenzie on April 29, 2020, entitled "Eternal Frame".[74] Mackenzie cites Stolyarov as explaining that "most of us are already using technology to overcome human limitations in some way" and that through the progress of technology "we can overcome 'more fundamental limitations' such as material scarcity, disease, and even death."[74] Stolyarov is further quoted as saying that, as a result of emerging medical technologies, “there would be no upper limit to the human lifespan; no expiration date, so to speak… My hope is [that this will be achievable] in 20 to 30 years from now.”[74]

James Bickerton of the UK Express interviewed Stolyarov for a July 6, 2020, profile on the 2020 U.S. Transhumanist Party Presidential candidacy of Charlie Kam. Stolyarov is cited as stating that the electoral campaign's "focus was on raising awareness of the movement claiming: 'What I’ve found out with regard to transhumanism is that the barrier really isn’t hostility on the part of the general public, the greatest barrier is unawareness. So how does one spread awareness? One seeks to reach new demographics and one seeks to reach them using creative means.'"[75]

In April 2021 Riley Snyder and Tabitha Mueller of The Nevada Independent covered Stolyarov's opposition, on behalf of the U.S. Transhumanist Party, to Nevada's Senate Bill 292, a Democratic-Party-sponsored bill which increased the barriers to ballot access for minor political parties.[47]

Academic Discussion

In her 2015 paper “Rand and the Austrians: The Ultimate Value and the Non-Interference Principle”, Kathleen Touchstone, retired Professor of Economics at Troy University, describes Stolyarov’s critique of Ayn Rand’s “immortal robot” argument.[76] Touchstone also addresses the distinction made by Stolyarov between infinite size or smallness (which, in Stolyarov’s view, is impossible for humans to conceive), and chronological infinities, which Stolyarov considers humans to be capable of envisioning. Touchstone comments on this, stating that “Man can comprehend aging, because he experiences it, but death of one’s self is not quite comprehensible.”[76]

In their 2017 book Juvenescence: Investing in the Age of Longevity, entrepreneurs and investors Jim Mellon and Al Chalabi write, “Longevists such as Gennady Stolyarov have also been prominent in recent years. Stolyarov wrote that death is ‘the enemy of us all, to be fought with medicine, science, and technology’ – and adding our own postscript, only now are the armaments for that fight available to scientists.”[77]

In his 2018 book Ayn Rand and the Posthuman: The Mind-Made Future, author and literary scholar Ben Murnane, PhD, addresses Stolyarov’s effort in 2004 to combine Objectivist philosophy with the Principles of Extropy authored by Max More: “Stolyarov argues that Objectivism – with its philosophical focus on the individual productive life, not on the supernatural realm or the needs of the many – provides the basis for a moral defense of transhumanist goals, where traditional moral systems may be opposed to such goals”.[78]

In his 2019 book Transhumanism: Engineering the Human Condition: History, Philosophy and Current Status, Italian science writer, journalist, and historian of science Roberto Manzocco includes a discussion of “Stolyarov’s Wager, a philosophical argument in favor of life extension that goes like this:

  • If you believe in human life extension and are right, you have everything to win – a happy, prosperous, indefinite life that you can be sure of in this world.
  • If you believe in human life extension and are wrong, you cease to exist.
  • If you do not believe in human life extension and are right, you cease to exist.
  • If you do not believe in human life extension and are wrong, it may be that the effort that you did not put in to promoting the idea was just enough for the possibility not to come to pass. Then, you will cease to exist.”[79]

Sociologist and public-policy professional James Michael MacFarlane, PhD, met Stolyarov at RAADfest 2016 in San Diego and included an account of some of his conversations with Stolyarov in his 2020 book Transhumanism as a New Social Movement: The Techno-Centered Imagination.[80] MacFarlane cites Stolyarov as remarking that “just anyone can identify with the philosophy [of transhumanism] and share the fundamental aims of the philosophy”; MacFarlane makes the characterization that from “Stolyarov’s point of view, Transhumanism quite clearly has an openly accommodating and fundamentally inclusive element to it. This line of thinking can again be considered parallel to the suggestion that transhumanist impulses have something of a universally accessible, even innate quality about them.”[80]

Krisztián Szabados, a director at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, wrote in 2020 about the 2016 peaceful transition of the Chairman position of the U.S. Transhumanist Party from Zoltan Istvan to Stolyarov.[81]

In his 2021 critique of the transhumanist concept of morphological freedom, Joshua Earle of the University of Virginia, PhD in Science, Technology, and Society, wrote about the explicit connection of Stolyarov’s activities to the philosophy of the Enlightenment and has criticized Stolyarov and the U.S. Transhumanist Party leadership for, in his view, being “clueless” as to why the USTP has “overwhelmingly” male membership.[46]

Interview with Nikola Danaylov of Singularity.FM - March 31, 2018

How Transhumanism Can Transcend Socialism, Libertarianism, and All Other Conventional Ideologies - September 13, 2018

Speech at the 2018 RAAD Fest

Interview with Ray Kurzweil - September 21, 2018

Progress in the Politics of Abundance - August 24, 2019

Interview with James Bickerton of the UK Express - July 2020

List of Writings

Books

Book Chapters

  • "The Role and Essence of John Galt's Speech in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged" (Chapter 9 in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion, Edward W. Younkins, ed., Ashgate Publishing Company, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-7546-5533-6, pp. 99-106)
  • "Business as an Agent of Human Progress in Time Will Run Back, Methuselah's Children, and The Transhumanist Wager" (Chapter 22 in Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature: Perspectives on Business from Novels and Plays, Edward W. Younkins, ed., Lexington Books, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-4985-1929-8, pp. 331-358)
  • "Make Learning Into an Addictive Game" (Chapter 88 in Visions for a World Transformed: 99 Ideas for Making the World a Better Place — Starting Right Now, compiled by Philip Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon, 2017, ISBN: 978-1520693910, pp. 217-222)
  • "The United States Transhumanist Party and the Politics of Abundance" (PDF) (Chapter 5 in The Transhumanism Handbook, Newton Lee, ed., Springer, 2019, ISBN: 978-3-030-16920-6 pp. 89-149)

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Essays

Fiction

See also

External links

References

  1. "Leadership". Transhumanist Party. Retrieved 31 December 2016. "Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) became the second Chairman in the history of the Transhumanist Party in November 2016."
  2. [1] The Rational Argumentator. "Death is Wrong". Retrieved 8 November 2019. "The answer is that no, death is not necessary, inevitable, or good. In fact, death is wrong. Death is the enemy of us all, to be fought with medicine, science, and technology. This book introduces you to the greatest, most challenging, most revolutionary movement to radically extend human lifespans so that you might not have to die at all."
  3. "IEET Articles Archive for the Pre-2021 Site". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  4. G. Stolyarov II - The Wave Chronicle
  5. Articles by Gennady Stolyarov II on Le Quebecois Libre. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  6. "Gennady Stolyarov II". Mises Institute. Retrieved October 20, 2021. "Gennady Stolyarov II is an actuary ... Mr. Stolyarov is the author of numerous free study guides ..."
  7. G. Stolyarov II - YouTube Channel. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  8. The Rational Argumentator. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  9. Stolyarov II, Gennady (June 18, 2018). "Nevada Transhumanist Party: Notice of Continued Existence Pursuant to NRS 293.171" (PDF). Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  10. Forthcoming Transitional Period of the Transhumanist Party
  11. Stolyarov II, Gennady (November 25, 2013). Death is Wrong (PDF). Rational Argumentator Press. ISBN 978-0615932040. "When I was four and living in the city of Minsk..."
  12. Stolyarov II, Gennady (October 26, 2017). "March of 84, Op. 85". The Rational Argumentator. Retrieved October 20, 2021. "In the 1950s and 1960s, Gennady Stolyarov I led the development of some of the first computers in the Soviet Union and was granted the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award in the year 2000 for his achievements – 'For pioneering development in ‘Minsk’ series computers’ software, of the information systems’ software and applications and for data processing and database management systems concepts dissemination and promotion'."
  13. 13.0 13.1 Borden, Karl (November 9, 2008). "FEE Announces 2018 Eugene S. Thorpe Award Winner: Gennady Stolyarov II". The Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved October 20, 2021. "Mr. Stolyarov is a senior at Hillsdale College; a triple major in economics, mathematics, and German; and an immigrant to (and now citizen of) the United States from Belarus.
  14. Murphy, Robert P. (July 9, 2010). "The Effects of the Economic Crisis on Young People [Editor's Note]". Free Advice. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  15. Stolyarov II, Gennady (April 1, 2009). "Globalization: Extending the Market and Human Well-Being". Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  16. Objectivist Statement of Resolves, The Liberal Institute, June 2012
  17. "Ayn Rand Fan Club Episode 15: Transhumanist Gennady Stolyarov II and the Quest for Scientific Immortality". October 9, 2021. Ayn Rand Fan Club. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  18. Stolyarov II, Gennady. "Free Tools for Rational Education". The Rational Argumentator. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  19. "Musical Compositions of Gennady Stolyarov II". The Rational Argumentator. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  20. A Children's Book Ponders Death, Psychology Today
  21. Help Teach 1000 Kids That Death is Wrong, website=Indiegogo
  22. La mort, c’est mal! (PDF) – French Edition (translated by Philippe Castonguay).
  23. A Morte é um Erro (PDF) – Portuguese Edition (translated by Eric Pedro Alvaro).
  24. «Смерть неправильна!» (PDF) – Russian Edition (translated by Marcus Baylin).
  25. La muerte está mal (PDF) Spanish Edition (translated by Néstor Duno).
  26. 26.0 26.1 Talk at RAAD: The U.S. Transhumanist Party: Four Years of Advocating for the Future - Gennady Stolyarov II
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Pearlman, Alex (October 16, 2019). "Would You Vote for a President Who Promised Eternal Life?" Medium. Retrieved October 24, 2021. "[...] Gennady Stolyarov II, a 32-year-old Belorussian actuary and the chairman of the U.S. Transhumanist Party [...]" "Since taking over, Stolyarov has organized the fringe ideology into an efficient political machine, registering it as an official political party in Nevada, and growing party membership to over 1,600 registered members."
  28. [2]Announcement on the U.S. Transhumanist Party Facebook Page. 21 September 2019. "Membership in the U.S. Transhumanist Party reached 1800 today. "
  29. Stolyarov II, Gennady (September 21, 2021). "U.S. Transhumanist Party and Nevada Transhumanist Party Support for Innovation Zones". Nevada Legislature. Joint Special Committee to Conduct a Study Concerning Innovation Zones. Retrieved October 24, 2021. "The Transhumanist Party is an alliance of over 3500 members who advocate for transcending the flaws and limitations of the human condition through technology and for putting science, health, and technology at the forefront of American politics."
  30. http://transhumanist-party.org/faq/#Q_IsThereCost Frequently Asked Questions. 2018. United States Transhumanist Party Website. Accessed October 31, 2018. "Is there a cost to becoming a member of the U.S. Transhumanist Party? No, there is absolutely no cost that you would need to pay. Membership is free and always will be. We do, however, appreciate it whenever our members volunteer their time and use their own resources to organize events and projects for the U.S. Transhumanist Party."
  31. Ep. 28 - The State of Transhumanist Politics with Gennady Stolyarov II
  32. U.S. Transhumanist Party Chairman's Second Anniversary Message. 18 November 2018. "I ultimately obtained 520 votes out of 2,024 residents who cast their ballots. While I did not win a seat on the Board, 25.7% – more than a quarter – of the voters cast affirmative ballots in my favor."
  33. Stolyarov II, Gennady (November 26, 2020). "U.S. Transhumanist Party Chairman's Fourth Anniversary Message". Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  34. https://transhumanist-party.org/2018/04/06/stolyarov-singularity-interview/ Stolyarov II, Gennady, and Danaylov, Nikola. (31 March 2018) “U.S. Transhumanist Chairman Gennady Stolyarov II Interviewed by Nikola Danaylov of Singularity.FM”.
  35. https://transhumanist-party.org/2018/09/16/transhumanism-transcend-ideologies/ Stolyarov II, Gennady.(13 September 2018) “How Transhumanism Can Transcend Socialism, Libertarianism, and All Other Conventional Ideologies”.
  36. Stolyarov II, Gennady and Ray Kurzweil (September 21, 2018). Gennady Stolyarov II Interviews Ray Kurzweil at RAAD Fest 2018. YouTube. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  37. Gigazine (January 22, 2019). "Ray Kurzweil, worldwide authority on AI research, talks about optimistic prospect that 'progress of AI will progress smoothly'". Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  38. [3]Gennady Stolyarov II and Johannon Ben Zion at RAAD Fest 2019 - U.S. Transhumanist Primary Results
  39. https://transhumanist-party.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Stolyarov_USTP_Politics_of_Abundance.pdf Stolyarov II, Gennady. (15 July 2019) “The United States Transhumanist Party and the Politics of Abundance”.
  40. https://transhumanist-party.org/2019/09/01/progress-politics-of-abundance/ Progress in the Politics of Abundance - Presentation by Gennady Stolyarov II
  41. Stolyarov II, Gennady (October 4, 2020). U.S. Transhumanist Party 2020 Update at RAADfest 2020 - Gennady Stolyarov II. YouTube. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  42. Joe Bardin, Maria Entraigues Abramson, Neal VanDeRee, Gennady Stolyarov II, Jose Cordeiro, Ilana Lea (October 3, 2021). RAADfest 2021 Longevity Activism Panel. YouTube. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  43. "In Pursuit of SOA General Insurance FSA". Society of Actuaries. Archived from the original on August 12, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  44. Varner, Maddy and Aaron Sankin (February 25, 2020). "Suckers List: How Allstate's Secret Auto Insurance Algorithm Squeezes Big Spenders". The Markup. Retrieved October 24, 2021. "Gennady Stolyarov II, a lead actuary at the Nevada Division of Insurance, said all this secrecy and complexity leaves drivers in the dark about how to keep their rates low. "
  45. Casualty Actuarial Society. "Gennady Stolyarov". Profile for 2020 RPM Seminar. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  46. 46.0 46.1 Earle, Joshua. “Chapter 13 – Engineering Our Selves: Morphological Freedom and the Myth of Multiplicity”. In Engineering and Philosophy: Reimagining Technology and Social Progress. David Tomblin, Guru Madhavan, and Zachary Pirtle, ed. Springer International Publishing. May 14, 2021. ISBN 978-3-030-70099-7. p. 252. “Gennady Stolyarov II is the current chair of the Transhumanist Party and has probably the most pedestrian day job of this group as an actuary and insurance regulator”. p. 257. “Gennady Stolyarov II, Chairman of the Transhumanist Party, even holds a semi-regular video round table with officers of the party and other Transhumanist thinkers which he calls the ‘Enlightenment Salon.’” p. 258. “The transhumanist political party is overwhelmingly male (over 85% per their last demographic survey), and the leadership is clueless as to why. In the blog post that accompanied the release of the demographic survey Gennady Stolyarov II, Chairman of the party, wrote ‘There is nothing gender-specific about transhumanism, and the aspirations and values of transhumanism are aimed at benefiting all humans and other sentient entities – so, at first glance, it is rather difficult to understand why a significant apparent proportional difference by gender exists in U.S. Transhumanist Party membership counts’ (Stolyarov 2018). He goes on to posit the discrepancy might be a mirror of the tech industry, a field where many, if not most, of the transhumanist party’s membership originates. What Stolyarov and the Transhumanist Party does not consider, however, is that by explicitly including male-coded enhancements only in their platform, they indicate to women and other minorities that they aren’t welcome.”  
  47. 47.0 47.1 Snyder, Riley, and Tabitha Mueller (April 2, 2021). "Permanent expanded mail-in voting, straight ticket ballots draw partisan fire in Legislature". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved October 26, 2021. "'A 2 percent threshold would be essentially unattainable,' said Gennady Stolyarov II, chairman of the United States Transhumanist Party and a Lead Actuary for property and casualty insurance with the state’s Division of Insurance. 'Even more onerous [are] the requirements in section two, the petition signatures must be apportioned equally among the petition districts, which is essentially impossible to fulfill.'"
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