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Could an AI determine when you will die ?

Posted on Monday, 12 June, 2017 | Comment icon 14 comments

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A new piece of intelligent software is being developed that can predict how long you have left to live.
The opportunity to learn how long you might have left on this mortal coil is certainly not for everyone, but for those who do want a preview of their own mortality, scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia have been developing a new AI capable of calculating when you are likely to die.

The system works by analyzing radiological images of a patient's internal organs to look for tiny, imperceptible clues about that person's health that a human medical expert might miss.

"Images are digital, standardized, and of very high quality - in fact, most images contain information that the human eye literally can't see," said study co-author and epidemiologist Dr. Lyle Palmer.

"There is an enormous amount of potentially valuable information being collected that is not being fully utilized for diagnostic or prognostic purposes."

While there is still a long way to go, right now the software is able to determine with 69 percent accuracy whether a patient over the age of 60 is going to die within the next five years.

"We intend to incorporate the clinical data routinely acquired with each scan and begin to predict other medical outcomes, like the development of strokes and heart attacks," said Dr. Palmer.

Source: Medical Daily | Comments (14)

Tags: Artificial Intelligence

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by fred_mc on 12 June, 2017, 15:54
I don't want to know either.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gary Meadows on 12 June, 2017, 19:57
Comment icon #7 Posted by The_V_Spirit on 12 June, 2017, 22:09
Anything is impossible according to advancements in technology. It might happen in the future. But why would anyone want to know their time of death? people will feel depressed for the rest of their lives. It sux!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Athena1979 on 12 June, 2017, 23:27
This would be an insurance nightmare.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 13 June, 2017, 0:02
If it's like the Terminator, you bet!
Comment icon #10 Posted by freetoroam on 13 June, 2017, 0:23
This seems to predict if you are going to die within the next 5 years due to your medical conditions...but these would be the conditions which your doctor has either missed or was not able to detect. And the tests were done on people over 60. So basically this is a super duper detector which can see what yourdoctorcan not. if it can be used to save a life, then great....but not if only to tell you , you got no chance and will be dead with in5 years.
Comment icon #11 Posted by highdesert50 on 13 June, 2017, 12:39
This will certainly impact actuarial science and I can imagine insurance costs. Yet, unintentional injuries still rank very high as cause of death.
Comment icon #12 Posted by TripGun on 13 June, 2017, 15:31
Enter in the factors and get it's best guess until factors change. Maybe even customize a nice medical regiment to keep you on your predetermined shelf life.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Dark_Grey on 13 June, 2017, 15:38
Just give it a couple hours. With access to the entirety of human knowledge and the ability to process millions of calculations every second, by the end of the first week AI will have moved approx. 20,000 years beyond us. The real danger with AI is not what it will do, but what WE will do with supreme technology far beyond our current capabilities. At least, according to intellectuals like Sam Harris.
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer on 14 June, 2017, 19:34
Not for the insurance companies, they'd find a way to cancel your policy if you didn't die on your assigned day. That way they keep all the money! Wasn't this same claim on here a few months ago?

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