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AI's Busted Bracket: What To Expect Next Year

AI's Busted Bracket: What To Expect Next Year

Artificial Intelligence was unable to predict the outcome of the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament, and entering the AI bracket of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)'s Bing into Loup Ventures NCAA bracket contest indicated it was “just as busted as the others,” Gene Munster said in a report.

Bing’s bracket is expected to finish in the 7th position, at the bottom of the pool, regardless of the outcome of the game. To date, Bing has correctly predicted the outcome of 47 games out of 69, Munster mentioned.

What To Expect Next Year

“We would like to think that we outsmarted AI, but the reality is that predicting the outcome of the NCAA tournament is more a matter of luck than skill. Bing’s performance doesn’t mean it’s broken, just unlucky this year,” the analyst wrote.

While some are skeptical of the ability of AI to make predictions, it is a better predictor of outcomes than any human, given the amount of data it can incorporate in its process of prediction.

Although we cannot expect AI to be 100 percent accurate, it will be right “more often than humans making the same predictions,” Munster noted, while adding, “Humans got lucky with our brackets this year, but shouldn’t expect an easy repeat next year.”

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Image Credit: "Barack Obama fills out 2009 NCAA Men's Div I Tournament bracket 3-17-09" Pete Souza [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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