theatlantic:

This Watch Tells When You Will Die

In 2005, Steve Jobs told a class of graduating students at Stanford University, “for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’”
The idea that we should live each day like it was our last isn’t new, of course, and is supposed to inspire us to, you know, go sky-diving, Rocky-Mountain climbing, and the like. But how would you live this day if it wasn’t your last, but rather the 19,718th-to-last? Or the 8,657th?
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.
Read more. [Image: Tikker]


This is probably one of the dumbest things ever. “For only $60, you too can own this questionably accurate, constant reminder of the transience and fragility of life!” As if that fact isn’t readily apparent already. As if anyone needs another gadget vying for their attention and making them worry. You’re better off reading that timeline I posted a few hours ago…

theatlantic:

This Watch Tells When You Will Die

In 2005, Steve Jobs told a class of graduating students at Stanford University, “for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’”

The idea that we should live each day like it was our last isn’t new, of course, and is supposed to inspire us to, you know, go sky-diving, Rocky-Mountain climbing, and the like. But how would you live this day if it wasn’t your last, but rather the 19,718th-to-last? Or the 8,657th?

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.

Read more. [Image: Tikker]

This is probably one of the dumbest things ever. “For only $60, you too can own this questionably accurate, constant reminder of the transience and fragility of life!” As if that fact isn’t readily apparent already. As if anyone needs another gadget vying for their attention and making them worry. You’re better off reading that timeline I posted a few hours ago…