Cortana is 12-0 and is on a major roll.
Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, has successfully predicted the outcome of every match of this year’s World Cup elimination round.
To the dismay of Dutch fans, Cortana’s latest predictions state that Germany and Argentina will play for the World Cup finals match!
Although Cortana does say that this is hard to predict and her confidence level is low, Argentina will emerge our of the semi-finals to face Germany in the World Cup 2014 finals.
Incredibly, Cortana is on track to correctly predict more World Cup wins than Paul the Octopus – a psychic sea octopus, who died in 2010, became a worldwide sensation when he predicted the winning team in eight of the 2010 tournament’s matches — including the final.
As Capital Lifestyle Magazine explained in our previous technology post, Cortana relies on Microsoft’s Bing search engine to power its predictions. Bing uses 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, adjusted for location since home field advantage is a known bias.