Who won the Oscars? Cortana predictions got 83% of the awards right

Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana has been dabbling in clairvoyance for a while now, and you could have asked it the other day some real prophetic stuff, like, for example "Who will win the Oscars 2015?" 

The predictions it spat out, however, turned out to be prophetic indeed, as it scored most of last night's winners. Cortana nabbed the best movie, best actor and actress, best director, and, overall, skipped a beat only in four of the 24 categories, which is an excellent 83% ratio.

It turns out that Cortana's predictions, which rely on Microsoft Bing search engine prediction technology, are actually the elaborate works of the company's R&D offshoot in New York. Managed by Microsoft researcher David Rothschild, the team there provides accurate Oscars predictions for Cortana a few years in a row now, and you can also use Bing Search for many other events, like World Cup soccer results, and NFL games. Have at it.

source: Bing Blogs


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