Microsoft's Cortana has a perfect track record in predicting World Cup victories

Microsoft's Cortana has a perfect track record in predicting World Cup victories

While Cortana can’t offer full voice control yet, the new Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant can answer to pretty much any question you may have. Thus, lots of soccer / football fans started asking her who would win in various matches played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Until now, all the predictions that Cortana made turned out to be accurate. The last prediction was that Germany would win over France in today’s first quarter-final - and that’s what just happened, as the French team lost 0 - 1 to Die Mannschaft.

Cortana also predicted a winner for the other quarter-final that’s about to start today: Brazil - Colombia. She believes that Brazil, the host nation of the World Cup, will win. If Cortana is right on this one, too, it will be her tenth correct prediction.

As we told you a couple of days ago, Cortana uses Bing-powered algorithms for its predictions. Of course, you shouldn’t hurry up betting on Brazil just yet - because, you know, even machines can be wrong. Anyway, we’ll see in a few hours if Cortana got this one right.

via: Nokia US (Twitter)

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39 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

OMG, its the reincarnation of the match predicting octopus. ALL HAIL PRIDOCTOPUS.

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm still missing that octopus..... Go Messi....

2. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Advertisement stunt by Nokia & Microsoft

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Who cares if its a stunt or not, she has been dead on. Kudos to Cortana. Brazil ended up beating Columbia also.

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Cortana is cool, but that is no big feat. She predicted the group winners all winning in the Rd of 16 (They all did), and the favorites to win today (They did). It's just simple statistical analysis, and all of the work has already been done for you.

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It isn't even a Cortana feature it is just pulling information from Bing (Still owned by Microsoft).

36. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

umm, Microsoft owns BING and Cortana...

3. tincholioi

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 04, 2014

she'd better predict my country to win haha

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yup...Google sucks.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lmfao... 8 wp kids +1ed you, thinking you were serious LOL.

28. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Have you mistaken us WP fans and users for your childish brains? Oh, I get it, you're still not brainy enough to understand sarcasm.

33. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Fanboys like you don't have brains anyway. Stupid shill.

35. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Fanboys don't have no merits, like Nokiaftw.

37. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

That makes no sense buddy.

30. KenAdams

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Sarcasm? What's that straight guy?

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yup ;-)

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And Brasil has scored.

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's good news.

15. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

and brazil has won!!!

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It's pretty obvious that Brazil is a better team than Colombia. Brazil even won the 2002 FIFA World Cup...

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Well i don't have cortana yet,but they said we'll get it in first two weeks of july,so i got that going for me...which is nice :) Football isn't my sport anyway.

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That free kick from Luiz though!

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It doesn't need a multi million dollar machine to predict a Brazil win over Colombia. You just need common sense, and basic knowledge of football.

13. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That easy huh? Bet you must won loads of bucks on betting and pretty sure you see Costa Rica mauling Uruguay.

24. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

your comment shows you've zero knowledge of football.

20. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

omg that david luiz is so good when playing for country, when he played for chelsea, he is just average

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well, she's from the future, so of course she knows the outcomes ;)

23. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

go germany

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Germany has one of the deepest rosters and is a heavy favorite... doesn't take digital predilection to pick Die Mannschaft.

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