The Seattle Seahawks should have an easy win against the 1-5 New York Giants — except New York rallied out of nowhere and beat a solid Denver Broncos team last week. Can they repeat the trick against the other team from Super Bowl XLVIII? A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predict Seattle will win Sunday.
The Seahawks are right about due to wake up and start winning a ton of games, if previous seasons’ slow starts are any precedent. Their offense is still an open question, a 48-point explosion against the Indianapolis Colts a couple weeks back notwithstanding, but the defense really should be enough against a Giants team that looked utterly broken before its near-miraculous victory over the Broncos.
Subscribe to the Inverse newsletter. Trust us, we’re from the future.
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 feels very good about Seattle prevailing here, picking with high confidence and 82 percent brainpower. There’s a small contingent looking to pick New York instead, but there’s pretty overwhelming support for the Seahawks.
The addition of the 5.5-point spread flummoxed the swarm, with it ultimately electing to choose the Giants with low confidence. With just 66 percent brainpower behind the pick, it’s safe to say the hive mind expects a very close result, even if the Seahawks are still expected to win.
The game kicks off 4:25 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.