The Jacksonville Jaguars return to their second home of London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday to “host” the Baltimore Ravens. The latter team has looked solid taking down a couple of divisional rivals, but could jet lag make for a weird result against the rebuilding Jaguars? A hive mind of more than 30 NFL fans are pretty sure the Ravens have got this, predicting them to win without much trouble.
The Ravens haven’t put up any gaudy point totals, but they have a case to be made for the most dominating victory of the NFL’s first two weeks with their road shutout of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jaguars couldn’t get to 2-0 last week — which absolutely would have qualified as their hottest start in years — but every week they manage to stay at or above .500 counts as an achievement. Maybe Wembley is just the place to pick up an upset win.
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To predict the result of this and other games, Unanimous A.I. used what’s known as swarm intelligence to forecast the week’s slate. More than 40 NFL fans worked together as a hive mind to make picks. As you can see in the animation below, each participant controlled a little golden magnet and used it to drag the puck toward the answer they thought was the most likely outcome. As the users saw the puck move toward a particular outcome, it triggers a psychological response. They readjust their decision-making, building toward a consensus. Here’s how Unanimous A.I. founder Lloyd Rosenberg explaining swarm intelligence at a recent TEDx Talk.
Unanimous A.I. has made some scarily accurate predictions in the past using swarm intelligence, as our previous article explains.
So yeah, the swarm isn’t feeling Jacksonville at all here. There was little doubt in this hive mind that Baltimore would win, not only rushing to pick the Ravens but opting for the high confidence option.
The swarm appeared a touch more hesitant when it came to betting on the game. Sure, Baltimore was again picked with high confidence, but with a relatively low 76 percent of the hive mind’s collective brainpower behind the decision. The split appears mostly between whether to be very or only somewhat confident in the Ravens’ chances, but still… the swarm seems to think something squirrelly could well happen in London, even if Baltimore likely still comes out on top.
The game kicks off in London at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Sunday on Yahoo.
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