Olga Khazan has an article in The Atlantic about a watch that tells you how much time you have left before you die. What’s the point of it?
A new watch called Tikker claims to have created a way to calculate approximately when, according to its creators, a person is likely to die, and then to input that date into a wristwatch. The idea is that being constantly reminded of his or her own mortality will nudge the wearer to live life to the fullest.
How does it know when you are likely to die?
First, Tikker users fill out a questionnaire about their health habits, risk factors, and age. That information generates the time, down to the second, that the wearer has left until they leave this mortal coil.
It costs $59. It also tells the time, by the way.
Oddly enough, its website refers to it as ‘The Happiness Watch’, though I am not sure that is the most apropos description. It does raise an interesting question, though. While we are all conscious of our mortality in the back of our minds, would we be happier being constantly reminded of it in such a concrete way? Even if it prompts you to ‘live life to the fullest’, wouldn’t knowing that you are doing things because you are going to die take away some of the fun?
Stephen Colbert talked about it on his show.
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