Defense wins championships, we told ourselves as the Jaguars prowled into Arrowhead Stadium for last week’s heavyweight matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. Boy, were we ever wrong. Jags quarterback Blake Bortles threw four (‼‼) interceptions, handing out more turnovers than a philanthropic baker. Blake Superior ebbed, while Blake the Flake made an ugly reappearance. What did we learn? Never get involved in a land war in Asia. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line. And never pick the Jags when they need a big game from Blake Bortles to pick up the W. Only sadness lies that way.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys lost the Battle of Texas, succumbing to the Houston Texas in overtime, 16-19. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett played it safe and punted on 4th-and-1 from Houston’s 42-yard line in overtime, setting off a firestorm of a criticism from followers of America’s Team. Perhaps he should have consulted Herm Edwards. Fortune favors the bold, Coach. Garrett can expect heavy scrutiny of his every move going into Sunday’s game.
Injuries may well play a role in the outcome. Star running back Leonard Fournette is out with an injury, and distinguished *$%#-talker Jalen Ramsey is questionable as well. Call it a hunch. Cowboys 24, Jags 17, is my prediction, but how did a swarm of NFL fans thinking together predict the outcome of this Week 6 game?
To predict the result of this Week 6 match-up, Unanimous A.I. used what’s known as swarm intelligence to forecast the week’s slate. Some 34 NFL enthusiasts 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 decision, it triggered a psychological response. They readjusted their decision-making, building toward the consensus you see below. It’s an artificial intelligence produced by human brains working together as a swarm.
As you can see the swarm, disagrees with my prediction. The 34 NFL enthusiasts working together chose the option of Jacksonville winning (low confidence) over the Cowboys on Sunday.
The Jaguars play at the Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. Eastern on Sunday on CBS.
Unanimous A.I. has made some scarily accurate predictions in the past using swarm intelligence, as our this article explains. For instance, the swarm picked this year’s Oscar winners with 94 percent accuracy. Here’s Unanimous A.I. founder Louis Rosenberg explaining swarm intelligence at a recent TEDx Talk: