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Want to Know Exactly When You’ll Die? This New Technology Can Tell You

Being able to predict the future is a characteristic of many a sci-fi story. And thanks to artificial intelligence, we are now able to predict with astounding accuracy how much longer a person has to live, says’s Scientific Reports.

According to the good people over at, who generously translated all that science-y jargon into layman’s terms, researchers fed the chest scans of 48 subjects through artificial intelligence. From there, artificial intelligence analyzed 15,957 biomarker features and was able to predict with 69 percent accuracy how many subjects would die within 5 years — an accuracy rate comparable to that of a medical doctor.

I know what you’re thinking, and no. This is not a work of fiction.

So why would anyone want to know that information? Good question.

Personally, I am all about fun little psychic reading exercises as long as they’re about things like how many luxury cars I’ll own or how many European cruises I’ll take in my lifetime (spoiler: I’m sure the answer to both is zilch.) But I have no desire to figure out how much longer I’ve got on this planet.

As someone who suffers from anxiety, this sounds like a nightmare. Not only would it cause me excessive worry, but it would also undoubtedly lead to an earlier expiration date thanks to all that stress. I don’t think they prescribe meds at doses high enough to handle that kind of trepidation.

But the findings are pretty exciting for the medical community.

“Instead of focusing on diagnosing diseases, the automated systems can predict medical outcomes in a way that doctors are not trained to do, by incorporating large volumes of data and detecting subtle patterns,” states Dr. Luke Oakden-Rayner, a radiologist and PhD student with the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health.

Basically? This technology will enable doctors to figure out what’s going on inside patients’ bodies without having to actually go exploring in there, resulting in personalized medical treatment that could deliver maximum benefit to patients and their ongoing health. More advanced medical treatment actually could translate into a longer lifespan than the artificial intelligence predicts, and that’s certainly a bonus.

While the results of this study are without question interesting and useful, if I’m ever able to take advantage of it, I’m still gonna take a hard pass on requesting the results for myself and just leave all that knowledge in the doctor’s hands.

Still, this is pretty impressive. The future is here, people. And science is so cool.