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Microsoft makes a sucker out of Paul the octopus

July 4, 2014

The Diary has revelled in the wildly unsuccessful World Cup predictions of banking analysts, economists and data crunchers - most of whom have a considerably lower accuracy rate than Paul the octopus. But Microsoft now claims to have bucked that trend after their Windows mobile phone application, Cortana, notched up eight correct predictions in a row by adjusting for previous results, geography, climate and pitch conditions. The developer Mouni Reddy announced the result in a tweet saying: "It's official we live in the matrix #Cortana 8-0". The next test is today, when Cortana forecasts wins for Brazil and Germany.

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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