The Kansas City Chiefs were the NFL’s last unbeaten team, but they have since suffered consecutive losses and now look to regroup against the divisional rival Denver Broncos. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predict the Chiefs will do just that, picking them to win Monday.
It’s not as though the Broncos are coming in red-hot either, as they’re nursing a two-game losing streak of their own. And the Chiefs have hardly looked disastrous in recent weeks, dropping a 19-13 game to the perennially contending Pittsburgh Steelers and a wild 31-30 Thursday nighter to the Oakland Raiders. Still, now would be a very good time to right the ship, especially at home in Arrowhead Stadium.
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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 feels great about Kansas City, picking them to win with high confidence. A very strong 87 percent of the hive mind’s collective brainpower was behind the pick, signaling little dissent.
The addition of the 7.5-point spread dropped the hive mind’s confidence a bit, with them picking the Chiefs only with low confidence. The collective brainpower dropped to 80 percent, with a decent chunk thinking the Broncos can keep it within a touchdown. Best to approach this one carefully, then.
The game kicks off 8:30 p.m. Eastern Monday on ESPN.