We have had camels, octopuses, predict match outcomes in the World Cup and now Microsoft claims that their software predicts match outcomes with 100% accuracy. Like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana — named after the AI character in its Halo video games and voiced by the same actress — is using a number of indicators to predict the winners of World Cup matches.
“For the tournament our models evaluate the strength of each team through a variety of factors such as previous win/loss/tie record in qualification matches and other international competitions and margin of victory in these contests” said Microsoft’s Bing blog.
One of the Cortana software developers Mouni Reddy tweeted: “If she gets the United States-Belgium game right we are officially living in the matrix.”
And so it did when Belgium beat the US to 2 – nil.
Cortana predicts Germany will beat France, hosts Brazil will triumph over Colombia, Argentina getting the better of Belgium and the Netherlands knocking out Costa Rica.