The Green Bay Packers look to keep their playoff hopes alive in the absence of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Baltimore Ravens have to wonder if their own Super Bowl-winning quarterback is actually any good anymore. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Packers will win Sunday.
Brett Hundley is looking better each week as Green Bay’s replacement signal caller. The Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with last week’s victory over the Chicago Bears, and improving to 6-4 could give them at least some chance to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Baltimore Ravens have feasted on backups before — look at their 40-0 shellacking of a Matt Moore-quarterbacked Miami Dolphins team — but Joe Flacco has looked so unimpressive in both arm strength and accuracy this season that it’s an open question whether Baltimore’s offense will even show up.
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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 30 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 predicts the Packers will win, but it is close: It’s a low confidence pick with just 73 percent brainpower behind it, and most of the dissent is pulling for the Ravens instead. This is close to a toss-up.
The swarm sees a razor-thin margin of victory here, predicting the Packers will win by one to three points. The Ravens are currently favored by Las Vegas by two points.
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.