Tag: longevity

The Internet Can Now Tell You When You Will Die




The Internet just told me when I will die, and there’s some good news and bad news. The good news is I’ve only lived 39.51 percent of my life so far. The bad news is I’m going to miss my 50th wedding anniversary by a day. One day! Also. I’m going to die on a Saturday. I’d really love to have that last weekend to just relax. I’d much rather die on a Monday.

Of course, the really bad news is that I will die at all. Which is the big takeaway from Philip Bump’s death clock website. The site requires very little information to predict a lifespan: just your birthdate, country, and gender. I’m not actually taking its assertion that I will die on a Saturday very seriously. But the fact that I will die on any given day gives me the creeps!

And the fact that the projection is based on legitimate actuarial tables, however basic, is enough to fill me with my fair share of mortal dread.

Want to Be Immortal? Can You Hold Out 33 Years?


You can’t make this stuff up — or rather, when you make this stuff up now it’s actually taken seriously… umm, to a point. The 2045 Initiative is a Russian group with a clearly mapped out plan for attaining human immortality — which will be achieved in the titular year with an artificial brain (onto which you download your personality, of course) and a hologram body.