Unanimous AI is well known for taking on challenges from journalists across a wide range of topics, from predicting the outcome of Super Bowls to the winners of Oscars and Grammys. We do this through a combination of artificial and human intelligence. Specifically, we connect large groups of people together over the internet, building a “Swarm Intelligence” that amplifies the combined knowledge, wisdom, insights, and intuitions of the human participants.
Back in July before the Major League Baseball season had kicked off, we were challenged by a journalist at Engadget to predict the outcome of the season. We do this every year across many sports, but this year we were a little nervous because the Covid-19 pandemic added extra levels of uncertainty. Still, we provided a prediction that was published back in July:
Most AI companies are unwilling to put themselves on record with forecasts like this, but we have been doing this long enough we know when to be confident and when to be cautious. In this case, we were reasonably confident before the season started that the Dodgers would pull it out and were willing to put our name behind the published prediction. First we predicted each of the division winners, then we matched them up and predicted the outcome of the World Series itself. Ultimately, we reported to Engadget that the LA Dodgers were the strong favorite the take home the title in 2020, despite the franchise not having won a World Series in over three decades.
And once again, Unanimous and our Swarm AI technology was correct. Despite a 32 year drought for the Dodgers organization, they pulled off a solid win against the Tampa Bay rays this week. Here is the headline from the NYT:
Swarm AI technology from Unanimous has been validated by numerous academic studies. For example, in a study published last year in the Journal Nature (Digital Medicine), medical teams at Stanford University significantly increased their accuracy when making diagnoses in real-time swarms. In another study, published in collaboration with researchers at MIT, financial teams significantly increased their forecasting accuracy (over 35%) when predicting financial markets. And finally, as published last year in Berkeley’s California Management Review, business teams using the Swarm software platform from Unanimous AI were able to quickly reach optimized decisions about marketing messages, advertising content, and sales forecasts.
Swarm Intelligence, the science behind the Swarm platform, is the reason why birds flock, bees swarm, and fish school – they are smarter together than alone. By forming closed-loop systems, these organisms produce insights, together in groups, that greatly exceed the abilities of any individual member. While humans have not evolved this ability naturally, Swarm technology enables this using AI, allowing groups to amplify their intelligence by forming real-time swarms. The process was described in a popular TED talk, demonstrating how Swarm technology can amplify human intelligence across a wide range of forecasting challenges.
Sports fans can access more sports predictions through Unanimous’ Sportspicker AI product.
About Unanimous AI
Unanimous AI builds technologies that amplify human intelligence using technologies modeled on the biological principle of Swarm Intelligence. Our award-winning Swarm platform is currently used by Fortune 500 companies around the world for everything from financial forecasting and market research, to optimized group decision-making and prioritization. Also, Unanimous has recently launched Sportspicker AI, the world’s first sports intelligence service that combines human insight with AI algorithms. #NSFFUNDED