The Philadelphia Eagles banked a league-best 8-1 record before their bye week, and they are looking to build on that as they head to Dallas on Sunday. The Cowboys, for their part, are already on the outside looking in of the NFC playoff picture, so they badly need an upset. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Eagles will win.
It’s hard to draw up a worse set of factors for the Cowboys. Running back Ezekiel Elliott is, after multiple rounds of appeals, finally serving his suspension in connection with a domestic violence incident. The team is banged-up and coming off a tough loss to the Atlanta Falcons, whereas Philadelphia has been resting up. If you’re Dallas, better hope that layoff means rust for a potent Eagles team.
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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 has little doubt in the Philadelphia Eagles here, predicting a Philly win with high confidence and 85 percent brainpower.
The hive mind likes the Eagles to win by seven to nine points, with 80 percent brainpower behind it. The line right now is less than that, with Vegas favoring Philly by only around 4.5 points.
The game kicks off 8:30 p.m. Eastern Sunday on NBC.