José Luis Cordeiro

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José Luis Cordeiro
Born (1962-04-01) 1 April 1962 (age 61)
Caracas, Venezuela
NationalityVenezuelan, Spanish
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Universidad Simón Bolívar
Occupation(s)Futurist, author
Known forDollarization, transhumanism, life extension, singularitarianism

José Luis Cordeiro Mateo (born 1 April 1962) is a Venezuelan-Spanish engineer, economist, futurist, and transhumanist, who has worked on areas including economic development, international relations, Latin America, the European Union, monetary policy, comparison of constitutions, energy trends, cryonics, and life extension.[1][2][3] Books he has written include The Great Taboo, Constitutions Around the World: A Comparative View from Latin America, and (in Spanish) El Desafio Latinoamericano ("The Latin American challenge"), and La Muerte de la Muerte ("The death of death").


Cordeiro was born in Caracas, Venezuela, from Spanish parents who emigrated from Madrid during the Franco dictatorship.[4]

Cordeiro obtained Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. He later studied international economics and comparative politics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA, and obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, majoring in finance and globalization. He started his doctoral degree at MIT, continued these studies in Tokyo, Japan, and in due course received his PhD at Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela.[5]

After graduating, Cordeiro worked as a petroleum exploration engineer for Schlumberger. He next served as an adviser for many major oil companies, including BP, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, PDVSA, Pemex, Petrobras, Shell, and Total. Later, in Paris, he consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton as a specialist in strategy, restructuring, and finance.[5]

Cordeiro has been an advocate of sound monetary policy and dollarization in Eastern Europe and Latin America.[6][7] His 1999 book La Segunda Muerte de Sucre provided academic backing for the change from the sucre to the dollar as the currency in Ecuador, where he is regarded as one of the thought leaders of this transformation.[8]

Cordeiro is an international fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), executive director of the Ibero-American Futurists Network, Venezuela Node Chair of The Millennium Project, vice chair of Humanity Plus, and former director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter), the World Transhumanist Association, and the Extropy Institute. He has also been invited faculty at institutions such as the Institute of Developing Economies IDE – JETRO in Tokyo, Japan, the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico, Singularity University at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley, California, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), and the Higher School of Economics in Russia.

Cordeiro has written a fortnightly opinion column in El Universal, the largest Venezuelan general newspaper, since 1996.

In 2008, Cordeiro conducted the last public interview with science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, in Clarke's home in Sri Lanka.[9]

He is a lifetime member of the Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.

In the 2019 European Parliament election in Spain, Cordeiro ran for MEP as the candidate for the Movimiento Independiente Euro Latino, promoting the representation of Latin Americans in Spain and Europe and promoting science and research to build better societies.[10]


Cordeiro has been described as "a hopeless optimist always bursting with energy".[who?][11] He advises audiences to "forget flying cars and robot butlers ... the future will be a far more interesting place".[1] He views nano, bio, info, and cogno (NBIC) as being the four main technologies that "are pushing mankind into the post-human age", and he predicts that "in the future we will be upgrading our brains every few years in the manner that we currently update our computer hardware".[12]

In 2009, Cordeiro spoke at the European Futurists Conference in Lucerne about the concept of 'Singularity': "a not-too-distant moment when artificial intelligence overtakes the capabilities of the human mind – the point when we are going to merge with machines". As a teaching fellow of the Singularity University, he added that "the purpose of Singularity University is to prepare humankind for this transformation".[13]

Cordeiro coined the term 'Energularity' to refer to "the biggest change in the largest industry on our planet ... the Energy industry’s shift from fossil fuels to solar, wind, geothermal, or fusion". He also coined the term "Benesuela" as a contrast to "Venezuela" in reference to the educational situation in that country.[5]

In a set of forecasts about Latin America in 2030, Cordeiro and the Millennium Project highlighted two extreme scenarios: "God is Latin American" and "Disintegration in Hell".[14]

The New York Times has quoted Cordeiro as saying "The constitutional history of Latin America is the most convulsive in the world. Constitutions seem to have become like shirts, not even suits, which rulers put on and take off at their whim."[15]

In line with forecasts by Ray Kurzweil that the Singularity will occur by 2045, Cordeiro predicts that "death will be optional by 2045". This will take place "thanks to exponential advances in artificial intelligence, tissue regeneration, stem cell treatments, organ printing, cryopreservation, and genetic or immunological therapies that will solve the problem of the aging of the human body".[16]



  1. ^ a b Talks at Google (18 September 2014). "The Future of Technology and the Technology of the Future" (video). YouTube. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "José Luis Cordeiro". Future of Venezuela. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  3. ^ José Luis Cordeiro (3 October 2020). "Día Internacional de la Longevidad" [The International Longevity Day]. El Universal (in Spanish).
  4. ^ Personal website
  5. ^ a b c "Jose Cordeiro: The Energularity is Near". Singularity Weblog. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  6. ^ Atlas Network: "Why Ecuador's Economic Future Depends on Retaining Dollarization"
  7. ^ Zeljko Bogetic: "Full Dollarization: Fad or Future?"
  8. ^ Vistazo: "¿Quiénes promovieron la dolarización en Ecuador?"
  9. ^ Lifeboat Foundation Special Report
  10. ^ Europa Press (24 April 2019). "Los migrantes latinos impulsan un partido político para presentarse en las elecciones europeas". Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Future Crises: Is there opportunity beside the danger?". Singularity Weblog. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  12. ^ Goodyer, Jason (12 August 2013). "José Cordeiro: a singular vision of the future". E&T Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  13. ^ Vitaliev, Vitali (2 November 2009). "The future of science and technology". E&T Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  14. ^ "2010 State of the Future: "Future studies around the world"" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  15. ^ Rohter, Larry (30 August 1998). "The World: Paper Trails; In Latin America, 'The Constitution Is What I Say It Is'". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  16. ^ La muerte de la muerte [The death of death] (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 May 2021. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)

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