The Tennessee Titans’ promising season took a nightmare turn last week with an injury to quarterback Marcus Mariota during a 57-14 blowout loss to the Houston Texans. They look to get back on track without their signal caller against a mediocre Miami Dolphins team, and a hive mind of NFL fans thinks they will get that win Sunday, albeit with a lot of uncertainty.
The Dolphins are coming off a more measured blowout loss, a 20-0 defeat to the New Orleans Saints last week that dropped their record to 1-2. T
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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. More than 40 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 Lloyd 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 clearly favors the Titans with low confidence, but it never actually gets round to fully making up its mind. Consider this about the weakest Tennessee pick one could make.
At least the hive mind is a little more willing to roll with the Titans when picking against the spread, with 70 percent brainpower behind Tennessee winning by more than a field goal.
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.