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Artificial intelligence knows when you will die


Posted on Saturday, 30 March, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

Would you want to know how long you have left to live ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
A Google-based AI can determine when hospital patients will die with an accuracy of around 95 percent.
The opportunity to learn how long you might have left on this mortal coil is certainly not for everyone, but for doctors looking after hospital patients, a prediction of someone's mortality can offer benefits ranging from improved end-of-life care to ensuring loved ones are informed well in advance.

At the forefront of this technology is Google's Medical Brain artificial intelligence which determines how long a patient has left to live by scrutinizing every little detail of their medical record.

In a recent study, the system's predictive algorithm attempted to determine when patients would die in two separate hospitals - achieving impressive accuracy rates of 93 and 95 percent.
"This was significantly more accurate than the traditional predictive model," the researchers wrote. "These models outperformed traditional, clinically-used predictive models in all cases."

"We believe that this approach can be used to create accurate and scalable predictions for a variety of clinical scenarios."

While the technology is no doubt impressive, critics have raised privacy concerns regarding the system's access to personal information. Back in 2013, for instance, Google's DeepMind AI was granted access to the medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients.

It's certainly not outside the realms of possibility that in the not-too-distant future, Google's AI and others like it will know more about us than we know about ourselves.

Source: Independent | Comments (5)

Tags: Google, Artificial Intelligence

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff on 30 March, 2019, 12:54
Which begs the question of that age old dilemma - given the choice, would you want to know when you're going to die? Most people would say a definite 'NO' but I think it would have it's merits, especially in organization and preparation for death. If it's going to be soon then it's time to get your finger out, prepare and try to come to terms with the implications for yourself and for loved ones/friends etc. If it's not that soon then you can carry on enjoying life to the full knowing that you've been (kind of) granted an extended grace. Of course, that doesn't include the chance of accidents,... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 30 March, 2019, 12:59
I think that we'll all have a fairly good idea how long we have left when Google sell the data to insurance companies, when cost of your life insurance premiums leaps, you know that it's time to start working your way through your bucket list!
Comment icon #3 Posted by jowasmus on 30 March, 2019, 14:29
I'm curious. If it was right 93% at 1 hospital & 95% at the other, was it wrong and the patient lived, or did they die early? Could have been malpractice. LOL
Comment icon #4 Posted by InconceivableThoughts on 1 April, 2019, 11:06
Personally i would like to know how i die something like the movie "Big Fish".
Comment icon #5 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 1 April, 2019, 15:15
Or like "The Brand New Testament", crazy fun movie. God's daughter gets fed up with being cooped up in the family apartment in Brussels, so hacks into God's computer and sends out text messages to everyone telling them how much time they have left. Great film, very humorous


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