Cortana does it again! Virtual personal assistant correctly predicts winner of singing competition

Until Cortana becomes available to Android and iOS users like Microsoft is reportedly planning, Windows Phone handsets might be attracting gamblers and investors (never mind that many think that both are the same thing). Ever since Microsoft's virtual, voice-activated personal assistant predicted 15 out of 16 Knockout Round winners during last year's World Cup, many people have become interested in what the app is predicting.

Even though Cortana made an impressive (and correct) Super Bowl call, the app has been asked to predict more than sporting events. For example, when asked to predict the winning countries of the Eurovision singing contest, Cortana said that Sweden would win followed by Russia, Italy and Australia. While the personal assistant did have the top three correct, Belguim finished fourth followed by Australia.

Still, it was another impressive forecast made by the algorithm devised by Microsoft. We wonder what Cortana expects the S&P 500 to do for the balance of the year.

source: WMPoweruser



1. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Cortana is from the future...She must be *OR MAGIC*

5. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

11. dazzmichael

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

the freaky b***h also predicted that man utd would loose against chelsea and they did loose. how annoying... the worst part she knew i was a fan, so she said it politely.

2. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

Ok cortana is freaking me out

3. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well, you won't have to go Windows Mobile to get Cortana. Cortana is also being integrated in Windows 10 for pc, so you could just upgrade your computer OS.

4. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

cortana correctly predicted american idol and the voice(US) winners

6. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

thats freaky , but why microsoft ? btw how do these algorithms work ? anyone can shed some light !!!

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Depends on what algorithm is being used. For music, probably a formula for tone, votes, public appeal, talk and polls online etc. Crunches the numbers and bam you get a guess. A damn good one.

9. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

hmm interesting a software that can judge tone is pretty insane , it'll have a lot more use if made available to developers but what about phone votes ? polls online are usually a small group not even 10% of the total audience. I'm sure there's more to it though , for it get it right so many times maybe some cool tech , probably scary stuff. first Holo lens and all the craziness of the HPU chip with insane light manipulation for our eyes technology and then insane AI algorithms looks like MS is onto something big, so much different under the new CEO, Ballmer just lacked vision.

7. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Cortana you're awesome!!!!!

10. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

it is simple microsoft has built the time machine!

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