The Philadelphia Eagles are the best team in the NFL. The Chicago Bears… have Mitch Trubisky! Yeah, this one could get ugly. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Eagles will win Sunday.
Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Chicago Bears convincingly 29-14. At the time, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was still a rookie figuring things out, and Philly was playing on the road in Chicago. Now, it’s a home game, and Wentz might seriously be the league’s MVP this year. About all the Bears can hope for is the Eagles are looking past them. That’s not a great thing to hang hope on, really.
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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 unsurprisingly picks the Eagles with high confidence, with a basically unanimous 99 percent brainpower behind that prediction.
The hive mind favors the Eagles by 10 to 12 points, with 92 percent brainpower behind the choice. The Vegas line is more bullish, favoring the Eagles by 13.5 points.
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on Fox.