FIFA World Cup 2022: will AI outperform the octopus?

Billions of football fans worldwide look forward to seeing their favorite players shine at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which begins on November 20.

Thirty-two of the world’s top footballing nations will compete for honors over 29 days, with just one of them taking home the prestigious trophy after the final on December 18 – Qatar National Day.

Interestingly, a few prominent characters (usually animals) have entered the fray in recent World Cup games, providing some of the most remarkable foresight.
Nelly the Elephant, Cabecao the Turtle, Shaheen the Camel, Archerfish, Khan the White Bengal Tiger, and Zabiyaka the Goat were all in the spotlight. Still, none of them could compete with Paul the Octopus.

The two-year-old Paul the Octopus became known worldwide during the 2010 World Cup when he predicted the outcomes of eight matches during the tournament in South Africa.
Paul made its name by successfully selecting a mussel from one of two boxes bearing competing nations’ flags.

Predictions have gone a long way in the last 12 years. However, rather than relying on a hunch, other predictions have been based on mountains of data and supercomputer studies.
Using this information, a new wave of predictions has arisen before the highly anticipated climax.

Oxford AI predicts Belgium to be victorious.

Developed by epidemiologists at Oxford University, this AI correctly predicted Italy’s Euro 2020 victory over England and six of the eight quarter-finalists. This model ranks Belgium as the favorite for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with a 13.88% chance of winning. Brazil comes in second with 13.51%, and France comes in third with 12.11%.

EA Sports announces Argentina as the winner in FIFA 23.

Video games are becoming more and more realistic, so why not use them to simulate reality? EA Sports predicted 2010, 2014, and 2018 World Cup winners based on its FIFA game. The famous video game publisher is now predicting Argentina’s victory in the 2022 World Cup. These predictions are based on match simulations performed on FIFA 23.


Nonetheless, the actual winner will be revealed on Sunday, December 18, and we shall know whether the octopus or the machine is superior.

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