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Can a computer predict when you will die ?


Posted on Sunday, 3 April, 2016 | Comment icon 12 comments

Computers may soon be able to tell you how long you have left to live. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Scientists are developing special software that can work out just how long someone is likely to live.
The new four-year project, which is being carried out by the University of East Anglia, seeks to determine the life expectancy of any given individual using a large database of medical data.

The study, which is being funded by the insurance industry, hopes to eventually make it possible to predict when someone is going to die using nothing more than a blood or DNA sample.

"People around the world are living longer," said Professor Elena Kulinskaya. "We want to develop software tools that use Big Data routinely collected by healthcare providers to forecast longevity."

"We want to identify and quantify the key factors affecting mortality and longevity, such as lifestyle choices, medical conditions and medical interventions."

But while determining how long someone is going to live is certainly impressive from a technical point of view, does anyone really want to know when they are going to die ?

"To be able to plan for retirement, and to understand how much you can spend, it is good to have some idea of your life expectancy," said Professor Kulinskaya. "It is also important for GPs deciding whether and when to prescribe particular drugs or how to advise their patients."

Ultimately however it is unlikely that it will ever be truly possible to determine precisely when someone is going to die - only how long on average someone in similar circumstances will live.

Just as well, perhaps, as it is something that the vast majority of us would prefer not to know.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (12)

Tags: Computer, Life Expectancy

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by EllJay on 3 April, 2016, 13:24
The future of, a overpopulated planet, might very well be like in the movie In Time In 2169, people are genetically engineered with perfect health and appearance. Each has a digital clock on their forearm; when they turn 25, they stop aging and their clock begins counting down from 1 year. When the clock reaches zero, that person "times out" and dies. Time has become the universal currency; it is used to pay for daily expenses and can be transferred between people or "time capsules" - the equivalent of wallets. The country has been divided into "time zones" based on the wealth of the populatio... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by DeeSember on 3 April, 2016, 14:22
This is one of those things I do not want to know!
Comment icon #5 Posted by White Unicorn on 3 April, 2016, 15:18
Oh my, isn't that wonderful, another way for insurance companies to rip you off. It could benefit you for retirement planning since I've seen too many live frugally and not retire soon enough, then they get sick or die before doing their dream of retirement with the money. However, there are ways of insurance companies getting information for health and life. They get application and it includes a release of information that technically you give freely by signing applications. Insurance companies have a shared rating system like a credit score used for pricing or denial. Follow the money, who ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Wickian on 3 April, 2016, 16:04
Assuming you're fed a precise diet with an unchanging quality in the ingredients I guess your lifespan could be theoretically predicted. There's still way too many biological unknowns and variables for it to happen yet though.
Comment icon #7 Posted by TruthSeeker_ on 3 April, 2016, 17:34
It might predict when you are going to die, based on various factors such as current health condition, genetics ect. but there is just too many variable. The computer can't know if you will die by accident for instance. An individual also has the possibility to turn his life around and improve the odds of living longer.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Darkenpath25 on 3 April, 2016, 23:10
I don't think anyone knows but our creator. We can cause our lives to be shortened but no one can predict the day hour or minute .
Comment icon #9 Posted by EllJay on 3 April, 2016, 23:22
"…Think! When there is torture there is pain and wounds, physical agony, and all this distracts the mind from mental suffering, so that one is tormented only by the wounds until the moment of death. But the most terrible agony may not be in the wounds themselves but in knowing for certain that; within an hour - then within ten minutes - then within half a minute - now at this very instant – your soul will leave your body and you will no longer be a person, and that is certain;- the worst thing is that it is certain." The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Comment icon #10 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 5 April, 2016, 18:47
Imagine it predicting u'll die in a year time!
Comment icon #11 Posted by FlyingAngel on 18 April, 2016, 11:45
We all know in advance the answer. Why waste time and resource...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lilly on 18 April, 2016, 12:16
IMO this is not a very valid method...I'd go so far as to call it BS actually.


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