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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

A Glimpse of Your Future Self

Developers at the Accenture Technology Lab in Nice, France, are developing a "mirror" that will image and age people virtually, allowing them to see themselves as they age.

The associated computer can build a model of the "future you" based on lifestyle, simulating your aged appearance based on current personal habits. If you overeat and don't exercise much, for instance, you'll have more pounds added to you than if you follow a healthy diet and work out regularly. Similarly, smoking and heavy alcohol use will also affect your future appearance.

Don't like what you see? The system's creators say that's the point; the positive or negative reinforcement that comes from seeing one's future self will hopefully encourage healthy habits and discourage unhealthy ones.

Source: Protein Feed