The Atlanta Falcons have won four of their last five games to move squarely back into the playoff picture, and they look to keep the momentum going against the fading Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Falcons will win Monday night.
The Falcons remain 0-3 against the AFC East and now 8-2 against everyone else, including a 34-20 win over the Buccaneers at home three weeks ago. They now have to head to Tampa in their attempt to pick up the second win on the year against their division rival. While their midseason doldrums looked like the Falcons were struggling with the dreaded Super Bowl hangover, their recent hot streak — including a win over the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints — has the playoffs squarely in Atlanta’s sights, with a division title not out of the question.
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 an English Premier League slate earlier this season.
The swarm predicts Atlanta will win with high confidence, with 86 percent brainpower behind the pick.
The hive mind predicts the Falcons will win by seven to nine points, with 90 percent brainpower behind that choice. The Vegas line has Atlanta by six points.
The game kicks off 8:30 p.m. Eastern Monday on ESPN.