Want to know when you’ll die? There’s an app for that

Want to know when you’ll die? There’s an app for that

Humans, it is said, are the only species that know intellectually in advance that some day they will die. What we don’t know is when or how.

If you could know the answers those admittedly unsettling questions, would you want to? If your answer is yes and you own a phone that uses iOS, head over to iTunes, and download a copy of the aptly-named app Deadline.

In an effort to sound like more like a like coach than merely a grisly predictor, the site asks:

What if you knew how long you had left? Would it make you appreciate the time you have? Could it motivate you to be healthier, to extend your life?

The app bases its predictions of the date and time of your death using data from Apple’s HealthKit. You feed the app basic information about your medical history and lifestyle, and it spits out the date at which you will shuffle off this mortal coil. Here’s a screenshot:

Deadline screenshot


Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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