A visit to the doctors could tell you any number of things about your health such as if you’re blood pressure is too high, or if you need to cut down on your drinking.
But in the future this could reach even further, extending to a simple computer test that could predict when you will die.
Researchers in the UK are embarking on a mammoth project which aims to bring together enormous datasets to pinpoint exactly when your number might be up.
By compiling information from health datasets, the team at the University of East Anglia hope to develop methods for predicting how long people will live, and so help them to spend their time, and money, more wisely.
Earlier this year, the team received an £800,000 ($1.1 million) grant from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the UK body which trains and regulates professionals involved in risk management.