Data Scientists Know When You’re Going to Die: Here’s How

Bryan Clark 06-10-2015

According to, I’ll be checking out on October 29, 2064. Of course, this is just an estimate and I could just as easily live to 100 — or get hit by a bus tomorrow. Or, maybe we’ll all be cyborgs How Bionics Will Extend and Improve Your Life Thought of as a science fiction pipedream, the science of bionics is often viewed as sinister. However, in the real world, bionic technologies can extend and improve your life. Read More by then and age won’t mean a thing.


No matter how I meet my end, the data itself is fascinating. aims to make demography – the study of human populations – accessible to a wider audience. We believe that demographic data can play an important role in understanding the social and economic developments of our time. Our hope is that people from all walks of life, in all ages and across all countries will explore a new perspective of their own life and find their own place in the world of today and tomorrow.”

Population Data

The United Nations and World Population Prospects publish birth and death data in annual and 5-year cycles. The data used for the models shown at is from 1950-2010, which gives demographers – or data scientists How to Become a Data Scientist Data science has gone from a newly coined term in 2007 to being one of the most sought-after disciplines today. But what does a data scientist do? And how can you break into the field? Read More  – a reasonably accurate way to predict future populations up until around the year 2100. This data is then broken down by country and used to make remarkably accurate models and predictions Interesting World Simulations For Predicting The Future & Understanding Society Lots of people are very concerned about issues that affect their local communities, and maybe even their country, but are you the kind of person that's actually also very concerned about the entire world itself?... Read More .

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you find in the comments below.



If you’d like to learn more, check out this TED Talk covering demography in greater detail. It’s fascinating stuff.

Using the data at, are you considered young or old? What’s the average life expectancy based on the year you were born? Share your details in the comments below. 

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  1. Anonymous
    October 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Tough write up, it seems like early data collection has resulted in many of these types of fun tidbits, which tend to further data collection.

  2. Anonymous
    October 6, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I'd like to see them add health and wealth as factors. Clearly poor and sick people will live shorter lifespans than the rich and healthy. Obviously, these numbers are averages that they're presenting, but it would still be interesting to see those factors and how far the gap is.

  3. Anonymous
    October 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Data Scientists is to Actuary as Sanitary Engineer is to Janitor or Garbage Collector.