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Creators of AI 'death calculator' issue warning to the public

By T.K. Randall
April 30, 2024 · Comment icon 10 comments
Artificial Intelligence.
Would you ask an AI to predict when you will die ? Image Credit: Bing AI / Dall-E 3
Life2vec uses artificial intelligence to predict with eerie accuracy when you are most likely to die.
Would you want to know the circumstances of your own future death ? Probably not, which is what makes even the very idea of an AI-based 'death calculator' so disturbing.

Developed by US and Danish scientists using the same technology as ChatGPT, the software attempts to calculate exactly when you are likely to die based on a variety of factors about your life such as your health history, income, profession and where you live.

When it was unveiled last year, it was claimed that the software had an accuracy rating of 78%.

It's easy to imagine that something of this nature could create a great deal of stress and despair if someone happened to use it to calculate their 'death date' and took the answer as absolute truth.

Software like this may even need to be regulated, especially if the accuracy improves in the future.
In the meantime, though, the creators of Life2vec have issued a warning to the public about something even more problematic - fake death calculators designed to harvest your personal information.

Such fraudulent websites might, for example, offer the same service - requiring you to enter your personal details so that it can provide an accurate calculation.

What it does instead, however, is keep or sell your data and provide you with a bogus answer.

"We are aware of Life2vec social media accounts, and there is at least one fraudulent website," the creators warned, while noting that they have nothing to do with these copycat accounts.

"We are not affiliated with these or any other entities that claim to use our technology."

Source: New York Post | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by simplybill 19 days ago
Interesting. Data-mining aside, it seems to me that knowing the  predicted ‘likely’ time of my death would become a challenge for me to prove them wrong. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by esoteric_toad 19 days ago
I wonder if they've looked into this making people create a self-fulfilling prophecy for some. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 19 days ago
We certainly do not need to regulate this, just as we do not need to regulate tarot card readers.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Gumball 19 days ago
I wonder if you can make 80085 with that calculator?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Tatetopa 19 days ago
Well, if it is 80% accurate, it sure would be useful to insurance companies deciding when to drop your coverage before they have to pay out.  Do they already have access? 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cho Jinn 18 days ago
Insurer models are already rather accurate.  I'm apprehensive toward the inevitable host of malformed legislation, and regulations promulgated thereunder, to address AI fears.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tatetopa 18 days ago
OK, I gotcha.  Seems like a pretty low functioning Ai would be enough for this project.  But even that can be  useful as a tool to generate fear and action.
Comment icon #8 Posted by MysteryMike 17 days ago
I feel something like this would increase suicide rates for people already depression or having very hard lives.
Comment icon #9 Posted by the13bats 16 days ago
It's a bit odd to me in a way, when I researched and learned cold readings the most asked questions was about love then money then how long will I live, I have enough to worry my already drained nervous and when I will likely kick isn't something I wanna know.
Comment icon #10 Posted by esoteric_toad 16 days ago
Life always has a way of surprising one as well.  Never thought I'd have to worry about getting cancer at 52. (5 years clear so far) People shouldn't fret, for the most part,  about when they are going to die.  They should be trying to enjoy whatever time they have got. 

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