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ObitBot

ObitBot is a Twitter bot created using Node.js and Processing to procedurally generate obituaries.

The obituaries ObitBot tweets are based on real mortality data, highlighting the rates of death by cause worldwide. It generates a constant (fictional) feed designed to mirror our own species' deaths (albeit at a greatly decreased rate to comply with Twitter API limits).

These fictional obituaries are assigned a procedurally generated tombstone, making ObitBot a virtual cemetery and a place to confront, and reflect upon, our inevitable demise.

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ObitBot's obituaries are procedurally generated using probabilities calculated from the WHO Mortality Database. Data is retrieved from all reporting countries using the latest available year (as of November 2016). This data is categorised into ICD-10 code chapters and divided by gender.

ObitBot itself is open source, licensed under the MIT license.

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