This AI can predict death with frightening accuracy!

This AI can predict death with frightening accuracy!

Have you ever wondered when you'll die? It's a profound question that sparks curiosity in many. Some might want to know the date and reasons for their death, while others prefer blissful ignorance. For better or for worse, researchers have created a "destiny calculator" using artificial intelligence (AI), and here's everything you need to know about it.

Probably everyone has once wondered when they're going to die. Scientists are no exception. Researchers from Denmark and The United States have delved into this existential query for years, focusing on individual lives, social issues, health concerns, and the risk of premature death. Their creation, Life2vec, is an AI model fueled by a treasure trove of personal data like age, health, education, employment, and income.

In Denmark, where such data is routinely collected anonymously, researchers examined 6 million Danes aged 36 to 64 between 2008 and 2020. Their goal was to predict how many would live at least four years after January 1, 2020. Remarkably, Life2vec accurately foresaw the future for 78.8% of these individuals.

Sune Lehmann, a study author and Professor of Network and Complexity Sciences at the Technical University of Denmark, suggests human lives are more predictable than we admit. Life2vec reduces each person to a sequence of life events, enabling future predictions. Beyond forecasting death, Life2vec can even anticipate significant life decisions like moving abroad. 

"Our models allow us to predict diverse outcomes ranging from early mortality to personality nuances, outperforming state-of-the-art models by a wide margin. Using methods for interpreting deep learning models, we probe the algorithm to understand the factors that enable our predictions. Our framework allows researchers to discover potential mechanisms that impact life outcomes as well as the associated possibilities for personalized interventions."  says the research's introduction of the Life2vec in Nature. 

Notably, individuals whose data was analyzed by Life2vec weren't informed of its predictions, which was a responsible choice by the researchers. Unsurprisingly, Life2vec affirms that higher salaries and managerial positions correlate with longer life. Conversely, certain traits like being male, experiencing mental health issues, or working in a "qualified" profession may be linked to premature death. Beyond predicting individual deaths, Life2vec provides insights into factors promoting longer lives

Life2vec death calculator
© Life2vec

You can try Life2vec and input your age, weight, height, daily calorie intake, and exercise level into the questionnaire provided and wait for the AI to analyze your data and provide you with information.

Ethical concerns surround this AI, especially regarding public disclosure, but researchers reassure that the model won't be shared, especially not with insurance companies. Nevertheless, the precision of Life2vec might unsettle some, challenging the perception of humans as uniquely extraordinary beings. This would be a great subject for the next season of "Black Mirror", wouldn't it?