Now There’s A Death Algorithm

‘How Long Do I Have Left?’ AI Can Help Answer That QuestionWall Street Journal paywall, but Reader View is your friend with Firefox.

A new algorithm developed at Stanford Medicine could help. Analyzing data from hundreds of thousands of anonymized medical records, the model predicts which patients are likely to die in the next 3 to 12 months. In early tests, the algorithm analyzed medical data of patients who had already passed away and correctly predicted their remaining life expectancy in 9 out of 10 cases.

Holy shit.

Wait until insurance companies get a hold of that!

“I’m sorry. We can’t approve that chemo you want.”


“Thank you for your time.”

That’s how the conversation with an insurance company will go. With not even “Good luck” thrown in at the end! It will be that abrupt because the Legal Department no way in hell wants you to know software has decided your fate, not human judgment or human intuition.

We are so fucked.

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