An artificial intelligence (AI) program that successfully predicted winners for the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl has now successfully predicted the racehorse winners for Kentucky Derby Superfecta. The AI called UNU managed to predict not just the winning racehorse, but also the second, third, and fourth horse in the derby - a 540-1 odd, giving its creator Louis Rosenberg a $10,842 winning for a $20 bet.
"When I saw the horses cross the line, I knew I was witnessing a milestone in the predictive abilities of AI, as well as a harbinger to future changes in how the world views sports gambling," said Dr. Rosenberg.
UNU uses a form of AI called "swarm intelligence" which aims to amplify as opposed to replacing human intelligence. Dr. Rosenberg believes that human swarming may help amplify human intelligence and protect us from the onslaught of bad AI.
Swarm intelligence works with natural and artificial systems consisting of many individuals. The group login to an UNU to coordinate answers. Participants will be required to answer questions with a set of possible answers. Each participant can move around a graphical tool on the screen and drag it to the answer they believe is correct.
UNU is better described as a "platform computer interface for human swarming." The platform was successful in predicting 11 of 15 winners in the Academy Awards using human swarm. Through complex algorithms, UNU attempts to find the right answer.
Dr. Rosenberg hopes to move UNU beyond gambling and into other sectors where that platform may prove useful and advantageous. This includes healthcare and politics.