Carnegie Mellon’s Death Calculator Hints at Your Expiration Date

zzrip, a new website designed by Carnegie Mellon researchers, allows you to eyeball your chances of dying next year, based your answers to a few simple questions. The calculator uses public data from the US and EU to assign you a personalized mortality likelihood based on your gender, location, age, and other factors.

The idea behind the project is to make people aware of risks to their mortality, then engage them in public debate. According to Fox,

(Creators) Fischbeck and Gerard hope the site will add information to the U.S. health care debate.

“We believe that this tool, which allows anyone to assess their own risk of dying and to compare their risks with counterparts in the United States and Europe, could help inform the public and constructively engage them in the debate,” Fischbeck said.

To test out the tool yourself, go to, then navigate to the Death Comparison tab. There, you will be able to generate a list of things likely to kill you.

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