The Los Angeles Chargers could be having a better first season in their new city. They are playing in a tiny soccer stadium, and they’re staring up at a trio of undefeated teams in the division — including the Kansas City Chiefs, who visit said tiny soccer stadium Sunday. A hive mind of more than 30 NFL fans predicts the woe will continue for the Chargers, picking the Chiefs to win this one easily.
The Kansas City Chiefs still have the coolest win of the season with their opening night shellacking of the champion New England Patriots, and they took care of the Philadelphia Eagles just fine last week. With their newly unshackled offense, the Chiefs could probably have a hell of a fireworks show with the other Los Angeles team, as the Rams just beat the 49ers 41-39 in the season’s wildest game to date. Ah well, let’s see if the Chargers can keep up and avoid the dreaded 0-3 hole.
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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 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.
The swarm believes in Kansas City’s hot start, with 89 percent of its collective brainpower feeling highly confident that they will knock off the Chargers on the road. There are only a couple team this week — Pittsburgh and Denver, for what it’s worth — the hive mind is more certain about coming away victorious.
The hive mind is also feeling pretty good the Chiefs can win by more than a field goal and thus win against the spread. Given the overall confidence in them to win at all, it would be weird if the hive mind didn’t like them to cover a relatively small spread, but weirdness is always a possibility.
The game kicks off 4:25 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.