AI Predicts Cubs
November 4, 2016
While many fans dreamed the Chicago Cubs would make it to the World
Series, few fans or pundits actually predicted it. Even this year, with
their strongest team in recent memory. But UNU, the world's first
Artificial Swarm Intelligence, made a bold set of baseball predictions
back in early July, naming all eight teams to make the playoffs and
asserting the Cubs would win their first pennant since 1945 and first
World Series since 1908. For good measure, UNU also correctly picked the
Cubs' opponent, the Cleveland Indians.
It was way back at midseason, during the All-Star break, when the Boston
Globe challenged Unanimous A.I. to use their UNU system to do something
audacious -- predict the full outcome of the 2016 baseball season.
Unanimous delivered a set of picks to the Globe, which they published
and have been tracking ever since. With the season now complete, we can
report that the UNU artificial intelligence was remarkably accurate,
having (a) correctly all eight playoff teams to make it past the
wildcard round, (b) correctly predicted that the Cubs and Indians to
make it through the LDS and LCS rounds to the World Series, and (c)
correctly predicted the Cubs to win it all and end their historic
108-year dry spell.
This is not the first time Unanimous A.I. has made headlines for
remarkable predictions. Earlier this year, Newsweek challenged their UNU
system to predict the 2016 Academy Awards. The Artificial Swarm
Intelligence achieved 76% accuracy, out-performing the vast majority of
professional movie experts, including Rolling Stone and the LA Times.
Unanimous A.I. was then challenged by TechRepublic to predict the
Kentucky Derby superfecta -- the first four horses in order. UNU made a
perfect pick against 542 to 1 odds, turning a $20 bet into $11,800.
Unanimous was challenged by CNET to predict the Stanley Cup. UNU not
only predicted the Penguins would win it all, but correctly predicted
the MVPS and outperformed the experts in predicting the number of games
each series would go.
"We're amazed that UNU was able to predict the outcome of the full
baseball season back in July, identifying that the World Series would
feature Cubs vs Indians," said Dr. Louis Rosenberg, founder of Unanimous
A.I. "We worried a bit about the Cubs prediction when the Cubs fell
behind 3 games to 1, especially given their history, but ultimately UNU
was right again."
Developed by Silicon Valley startup, Unanimous A.I., and based on years
of scientific research on Artificial Swarm Intelligence, UNU is a unique
merger of software algorithms and real-time human input. Modeled after
swarms in nature, UNU enables groups of online users to think together
as a unified emergent intelligence -- a "brain of brains" that can
express itself as a singular entity. Touted to as the world's first
"hive mind," the UNU platform has had over 60,000 human participants in
swarming sessions this year, together answering over 250,000 questions.
Intelligence, the science behind UNU, goes back to the birds and the
bees. In fact, it goes to all creatures that amplify their group
intelligence by forming flocks, schools, colonies, herds, and swarms.
Across countless species, nature show us that social groups -- when
working together as a unified dynamic system -- can outperform the
majority of individual members when solving problems and making
decisions, proving the old adage: many minds are better than one.
In 2014, researchers at Unanimous A.I. first discovered that people can
form online swarms that amplify intelligence just like natural swarms.
So Unanimous built the UNU platform to bring that experience to
everyone. Users can login for free, join an existing swarm, or form
their own swarm on any topic. From sports and politics, to movies and
music, online groups can form their own emergent intelligence and ask it
questions about anything.