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Want To Know The Day You'll Die? This Website Predicts It

November 26, 2014 in Blogs

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

The project uses demographic data to offer you a projection of your lifespan.

Citylab's John Metcalfe point s to a World Bank-backed venture called the World Population Project which creates a predicted date of death—just type in your birthday, sex, and nationality, and it will give you a projection.

The project is based on demographic data and aims to show average people the impact of where you live on your life outcomes. As would be expected, people in developed countries are likely to live longer, but sex and birth year also play a significant role in determining our lifespans. In case you want to keep tabs on your mortality, the site offers to send you reminders on your birthday—or even drop notes into your iCalendar.  

Of course, it's just about impossible to create an actual prediction of one's exact date of death, but the purpose here is to show how a few simple factors can radically alter the length of your life. The project does note that it “does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the data and will invest in upgrading the system as more data and the results of additional modeling become available.”

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