## Algorithm Plays Life Expectancy Game if Natural Causes Removed from Equation

What’s really shocking about this Polstats ‘life expectancy’ equation game isn’t the frequency by which humans die from motor vehicle accidents, but that if natural causes of death are altogether removed from the equation of life then the average lifespan jumps to 8,938 years. But! That’s just the average! So for example in my screenshot below someone died as young as 43; while someone else lived to age 36,007! No game is the same, so while the odds remain consistent the outcome is always slightly different. Aerial crashes while shocking when they happen are statistically rare even when spread out over thousands of years and death from a lightning strike remains the most rare of all causes known (you’d have to play the game 100K times to get, on average, one lightning strike death).

Let’s pretend a medical breakthrough occurred, eliminating all “natural” causes of death. No more cancer, no more heart attacks, no more respiratory failures… how would that affect life expectancy?

Answer: it would increase from 78 years — today’s average in the U.S. — to a much more impressive 8,938 years. This interactive visualization simulates human lives in an imaginary world where natural death does not occur. A graph below shows the probability statistics used for the simulation. A link is provided as well, showing the actuarial calculations.

Life expectancy data was taken from the Insurance Information Institute, which based its figures on the National Center for Health Statistics’ 2013 report.

Check out this spreadsheet to see the calculations that went into determining life expectancy based on the odds of death provided.

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!