If this works out with any level of success, sports could be doomed. Tony Manfred on Microsoft’s Cortana predicting sports games.
The predictions come from a model by Bing Predicts that takes into account 2013 results, offensive and defensive stats, margin of victory, location, weather, and public sentiment (which is meant to help identify real-time factors, like injuries).
Since the model just picks a winner and doesn’t predict a score against the spread, the hit rate should be well over 50%
Cortana correctly predicted 15 or the 16 World Cup knockout stage games.