In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the eponymous subject keeps his youthful looks while the vagaries of age are visited upon his portrait in the attic. Now a digital version of Wilde’s idea is being developed to show you what you will look like in five years’ time if you take no exercise, eat too much junk food and drink too much alcohol. —Will Knight —Mirror that reflects your future self (New Scientist)
Of course, in the novel, the picture shows the effects of the evil in Dorian’s past. I wonder whether the inventors of this technology applied the Dorian Gray analogy themselves, or Knight did that himself.