The Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys both want to book return tickets to the playoffs, and a win this week could prove crucial to their efforts after each has suffered some brutal losses. A hive mind of about 40 NFL fans predicts
The Falcons have lost four of their past five games, putting them in serious danger of missing out on the playoffs after nearly winning the Super Bowl last season. They at least have one unexpected advantage going into their game against Dallas, as Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension has been reinstated after weeks of legal back and forth.
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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. About 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 hive mind likes Dallas to win, but with only confidence in the prediction. The 71 percent brainpower is also low, so there’s a lot of uncertainty here.
The swarm expects this one to be within a touchdown, picking Dallas to win by four to six points. The Vegas line actually favors the Falcons by three points, making this an intriguing pick.
The game kicks off 4:25 p.m. Eastern Sunday on Fox.