Life2vec AI model can predict various aspects of human life with unprecedented accuracy.
- The data provided was that of six million Danish citizens and included intricate details.
- The Life2vec AI model foresaw outcomes such as personality traits and even early death with impressive accuracy.
Researchers have demonstrated that AI can predict human life experiences with startling accuracy, according to a study published in Nature Computational Science.
Whether you personally believe in the occult and psychic abilities or not, you have to admit that humans have always had a fascination with knowing about their future. Some cultures have their crystal balls and palm readings and others have their coffee cup readings. Perhaps to prepare us for our time of death. Or maybe to just reassure ourselves that tomorrow will be kinder. But can AI be of use? And to what extent can AI predict future events based on past conditions and events in a person’s life?”
The Life2vec AI model in question has a transformer-based architecture like those used in natural language processing such as ChatGPT. The researcher fed it a registry of data of six million Danish citizens from 2008 to 2020 which included education, residence, income, working hours, and health-related data.
Sune Lehmann, a professor at the Technical University of Denmark and one of the study’s authors, expressed excitement about the study’s ability to provide precise answers regarding human life. She then goes on to explain, “This is usually the type of task for which transformer models in AI are used, but in our experiments we use them to analyze what we call life sequences, i.e., events that have happened in human life.”
The researchers focused on predicting survival from 2016 to 2020 for individuals aged 30 to 55, deliberately making the task more challenging. The Life2vec AI model exhibited remarkable predictive capabilities, foreseeing a range of life outcomes, including personality traits and even early death, with impressive accuracy.
The results aligned with findings in social science studies, where factors such as higher income and leadership positions correlated with longer life expectancy. Did we really need social science studies to tell us that if our employers paid us more, we wouldn’t die of a mild cold because we could afford the treatment? But I digress.
This is nice and all, but I can’t help but wonder about the massive amounts of data needed to determine the future of a single individual. The AI model would need to unravel a person’s entire existence and spring clean their closets to do what it can do. So, I don’t know if I’d be comfortable with that type of intrusion.
I’ll just stick to the run-of-the-mill fortune teller. I might be getting conned but at least they won’t know where the bodies are buried.
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