Microsoft’s Cortana is this World Cup’s Paul the Octopus

Cortana and its World Cup prediction streak

Cortana and its World Cup prediction streak

Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri, has successfully predicted the outcome of every match of World Cup 2014’s elimination round. It might even overtake Paul the Octopus when it comes to correct World Cup predictions.

The zoo-based sea creature, who died in 2010, became a worldwide sensation after it correctly predicted the winning team in eight of the elimination matches in World Cup 2010, including the final. So far, Cortana has correctly called the final results of all eight knockout matches that have been played in World Cup 2014, including Team USA’s loss to Belgium. As of this posting, there are eight more matches to predict.

How does Cortana do it? The program relies on Microsoft’s Bing search engine, which has also provided forecasts for reality TV shows, including American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, and The Voice.

So what does the future hold for the next four matches? Cortana predicts Brazil beating Colombia, and Germany defeating France on Saturday; it also predicts Argentina will beat Belgium, and the Netherlands besting Costa Rica on Friday.

Cortana will be available with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, which will roll out later this month. In the meantime, you can keep track of its predictions over at Bing.

Source: Mashable

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