The Los Angeles Rams have been ridiculously fun through the first seven games of the season, riding a high-octane offense to a surprising 5-2 record. The New York Giants have been a miserable cacophony of bad play and bad injuries, leaving them at 1-6. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Rams will win Sunday.
Sure, that may not sound all that surprising as results go, but the Rams would do well to nab the win and reach 6-2 as they enter the season’s back half, considering they still have games against the likes of the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Seattle Seahawks. The Giants are already pretty much done, playing for little more than pride in week nine.
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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 likes the Rams here, picking them to win on the road with high confidence and 83 percent confidence.
The hive mind predicts the Rams will win by four to six points, with 77 percent brainpower behind it. There was some small dissent in favor of seven to nine points as the margin. The Rams are favored by 3.5 points, so approach this one carefully.
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on Fox.