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U.S. Presidential Candidate Believes We're Going To Become Cyborgs And Live Forever

04/01/2016 13:52 GMT | Updated 04/01/2016 13:59 GMT

Zoltan Istvan, a third-party U.S. presidential candidate, believes he can live forever either by "freezing" himself or by uploading parts of his personality to a computer.

In his latest interview with Daily Mail.com he said his party wants to use science and technology to live indefinitely.

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Founded in October 2014, Istvan describes the Transhumanist Party as "a social movement of a couple million people."

He said their beliefs covered all types of technology from bionic limbs to cranial implants that makes it possible for us to upload "our minds into machines."

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"What happens is you take a complete scan of the brain with incredible detail using technology that is already available to some extent," he told the Daily Mail.com.

"Then in 20 or 30 years when the technology arrives, we upload these detailed scans to a machine, which reconfigures the brain circuitry using sophisticated algorithms."

Blogging on the Huffington Post about his political agenda in 2014, he writes how he will "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."

Behind Istvan's determination to become immortal is a personal story about his own near-death experience.

While travelling in Vietnam, he almost stepped on a land mine and was saved when his guide threw him to the ground.

"That’s the moment I decided I would dedicate my life to preventing death for me and my loved ones," Istvan said.