The Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants are both 0-4. Historically, that’s enough to declare their seasons over. But at least one team is going to emerge Sunday with a first win, and a hive mind of about 30 NFL fans picks the Giants to win Sunday at home.
Neither the Chargers nor Giants are probably quite as bad as their 0-4 records indicate. After a putrid start for the New York offense, the Giants have lost their past two games by a combined five points, and the Chargers have also come up just short in multiple games. Assuming they don’t tie — and hey, it could absolutely happen! — at least one team will finally have their hard, previously futile work pay off with a victory.
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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. For instance, the swarm went a perfect 7-0 in its most recommended picks for a recent English Premier League slate.
The swarm likes the New York Giants to win here, though it’s not the most certain pick — the low confidence choice has a not great 81 percent brainpower behind it.
Adding in the 3.5-point spread makes the swarm less confident in New York’s chances, with the swarm’s collective brainpower dropping to 76 percent.
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.