The Tennessee Titans are still looking to get quarterback Marcus Mariota healthy as they try to make a run in the wide open AFC South. What better chance to do that than against the winless Cleveland Browns? A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predict the Titans will win Sunday.
It feels almost rude to keep pointing this out, but the Cleveland Browns aren’t quite as bad as their 0-6 record would indicate. They were even favored to beat a team earlier this season. Sure, they lost that game to the Indianapolis Colts, but… yeah, lost the thread of that argument. Anyway, one metric suggests this game against the Titans is their best shot to win a game the rest of the season, and it’s still only a 36.4 percent chance. So, uh, make the most of the chance, Browns!
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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 Louis 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 doesn’t take long to settle on the Titans as the winner, picking them with high confidence and 84 percent collective brainpower.
The Titans do however need to win by at least a touchdown on the road in order to cover, and that’s a bit more to ask as far as the hive mind is concerned. Tennessee is still the pick, but now only with low confidence and 76 percent brainpower.
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.