The Kansas City Chiefs were once the NFL’s last unbeaten team. They have now lost five of six. The New York Jets had the dollar store version of that, reaching a surprising 3-2 before the losses started piling up. Who will get back on something resembling the right track Sunday? A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predict the Chiefs will win.
There’s a lot of existential cruelty in this week’s game. The New York Jets were probably fine with just tanking this season and planning for the future, but that mildly hot start both built false hopes and took them out of the running for a top pick in the draft. As for the Chiefs, they have managed to lose to some truly abominable squads, including a New York Giants teams a couple week
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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 hive mind predicts Kansas City will beat the Jets, but it can only do so with low confidence and a collective brainpower of 77 percent.
The swarm likes the Chiefs to win by four to six points, with 85 percent brainpower behind that prediction. The Vegas spread has Kansas City by 3.5 points.
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.