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Would you want to know when you were going to die?
Partially inspired by the would you want to know that you were a robot?
thread, and partially by staying awake too long after taking some NyQuil I thought I'd ask.
Suppose a new technology came into existence that could, with 100% accuracy, predict the exact time and date of death for any person. The test is nearly painless, a small skin scraping or blood sample or mouth swab or something, and in 24 hours the results are mailed to you.
Would you take the test?
Some notes/addendums/caveats etc...:
The test is 100% accurate. If you try to avoid dying on that day(maybe by staying in your basement all day instead of going out) you still die. The results are still accurate regardless of the means of death.
The test results are based on brain death, so if you're in a coma with brain activity, you're still considered alive.
Taking the test is entirely voluntary, no person can be coerced or forced into it. No, I don't know how you'd enforce that, but it's just the way things are.
The results of the test are available, but not as general knowledge. Similar to a credit score, a company can be authorized to review for your information once you've taken the test and make decisions regarding you based on the information.
So, with that information, would you choose to take the test?
Alternatively, discuss how the world would be different in this case. I'd imagine Life Insurance as an industry would be pretty well dead inside a week, but health insurance? The credit industry?
On the other hand, can you imagine the party you'd throw if you knew you where going to be dead tomorrow and this is your last chance to say goodbye?
Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.