Paul The Octopus is reborn into Cortana – the oracle that predicted Belgium's win against the USA

Paul The Octopus is reborn into Cortana – the oracle that predicted Belgium's win against the USA
It turns out Microsoft's Windows Phone voice assistant, Cortana, is quite the football fan. Not only will she tell you everything about the World Cup if you ask her, but she seems to continue the legacy of the late, great Paul The Octopus as well. 

Four years ago, the common octopus became infamous with its uncommon knack for predicting the results of World Cup matches, landing an unmatched streak of correct guesses. Today, Microsoft's Bing team is experimenting with predicting the outcomes of sport and reality television events, such as The Voice and American Idol.

Using its Bing-powered brain, Cortana answers users' questions about which team will win the game tonight. Even though her answers are ever so slightly ambiguous – she's a lady, after all - she's yet to lose a prediction. Thus far, Cortana correctly guessed The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Brazil, Columbia, and France as winners. It also sensed that Belgium will beat the USA. “Thanks”, Cortana!

What's the secret? Have Microsoft's researchers secretly fused Paul's brains with Bing's servers or something? Uhm, no, that's too 'tabloid' of a theory. Still, both the way octopi brains and prediction algorithms work are a mystery to us, so all we're going to say is "impressive, MS!"

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7 Comments

1. qdugger

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Oracle? That'd make me Nostradamus by predicting tomorrow will be July 3rd....

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Not the Octopus but still great MS, love Cortana. BTW anybody could have predicted Belgium as winner but anyways cool. Messi's assist was superb and Di Maria was quick and winner decided in last 2-3 minutes. :) Now QFs will be thunderous.

3. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

very nice:D

4. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

The Belgians were very kind. They knew that the 4th of July holiday is coming up so they sent the US packing so that they could spend the holiday with their families.

5. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Well what are the predictions for the upcoming games? I still need to fill in my betting slip.

7. MrTzr unregistered

Go Netherlands! Costa Rica is our next victim!

8. DaRKaiSeR

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Hey PhoneArena, It´s Colombia not Columbia different territories

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