The Final Notice Option

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Post by crediblereading2 »

In a sense, I would want to know because it would give me the opportunity to make things right with my Maker, myself, my friends and my enemies.

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Post by jvez »

I think the concept of the 'Final Notice' would really scare me if it happened in real life. I'd rather not know how many days I have left. I'd be able to live happier that way. Besides, what if something goes wrong with the watch? I don't think there is, nor there will ever be, a 100% foolproof technological device.

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Post by SkyeDragon »

I think having this type of technology sets a dangerous precedence. This opens up a wide range of ethical issues. In a sense, it would be nice to know when you are going to die, but the risk of harm from this knowledge is high. I believe the risk out ways the benefit of this type of technology. I personally would rather just live my life the best I could and let things naturally occur.

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Post by Shrabastee »

I know the doctors often tell their patients (well, the patients often ask their doctors) how long they have to live-in fact this logic is used in the book in defence of the 'Final Notice' attribute of the VT2 watch. But while reading the story, I somehow felt the concept of getting a death sentence from your watch is creepy - I would not want to know it 30 days before, nor 20 days before, and certainly not 7 days before my impending death. It will cause additional stress and may just accelerate the process. I mean, not always does the treatment work and the notice simply 'disappears'; though I must mention I was so relieved when Vince's did!

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Post by AmySmiles »

The chance to know when you are going to die is so tempting. But I would rather not know., I would be so sick about it that I could not enjoy the time I had left.
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Post by FilmStar »

I don't think it's wrong to include it as there could be a lot of postmortem benefits and opportunities to give to charity. It's no different than a doctor telling you that you are going to die. Difference is that this watch is more definite. The problem is that this watch offers no hope. It makes it definite that you will die when there could be a chance of recovery if you take the right medicine and go into treatment.

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Post by Alex Hughes »

The idea of the Final Notice is really
frightening. It will make some people go into deep thinking, thereby causing depression if some device is to tell them they have only a short time left, when that might not be true. No body could beleive anything could actually accurately predict how much time you had to live.

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Post by Mildred Tabitha »

I would have definitely not chosen the final notice option for my sport watch. I would be content with its ability to analyze my vital signs.

I feel it was not okay to include the final notice option to the original test group because most of them would have lived even longer if the knowledge for time of death was not there. They would have instead announced about the capability of the watch to give a Final Notice so that the seniors decided for themselves.
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Post by shidawn »

For me, I don't think that I would want to know at my age that I was going to die. I think it would just be a little freaky. I could see, though, how this could bring comfort to someone who is older, especially someone who has been suffering physically or mentally for several years. The person could feel like it was time to put their life in order. Then they could die peacefully.

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Post by liftedbooks »

It's a no from me. I find the idea a bit creepy.

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Post by Sushan »

I would not prefer this feature in my watch. For what sake I should be worrying over my death? As a human being I know that one day I will die but till then I have to live my life, enjoy it and serve the world. If I come to know that I will be dead in two more weeks, I will definitely stop everything I do and just stay till I die because I know whatever I do will be in vein. In short, I will lose my driving force. So I do not want that feature in my watch :lol:
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Post by CinWin »

I think it is ridiculous. Nobody could ever predict when we are definitely going to die. There are too many variables involved. To tell you the truth, I would not even buy a sports watch. I am a firm believer in living in the moment and to have to have a watch to monitor me is pushing it a bit!
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02 Mar 2018, 20:49
I would really want to know. We all forget to live life to the fullest sometimes. Living the life of one's dreams, going on road trips, having fun experiences and many other things one would love to do and never getting the chance. A final notice is certainly not a bad idea.
I like your positive outlook on the option. I feel the same. I spend a lot of time and resources and make enormous sacrifices because of the probability of living to a ripe old age. However, if I knew I would be dead in my 50's I would ensure that I was able to do some of the things I would really like to do.

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Post by ValBookReviews »

Hmm... that's a very good question. Well, maybe I wouldn't mind it as an option, granted it's designed to help save my life. And, considering that the Final Notice option is considered as such, then I don't think it's wrong because it leaves me a choice to chose it or not. On the hand, God knows my expiration date and I'm more than good with that as my only option.
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Post by strawberrysab »

I think that a final notice with such a short notice would be useless, if not harmful. Not enough time to fix anything but definitely enough to stress, panic, and make wrong choices. I’m not sure I’d want to know.
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