Before the World Cup in Qatar, the AI model “AIrsenal” created by the Alan Turing Institute from England made predictions for the tournament. The National Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, headquartered in the British Library in London, was established in 2015 under the name of Alan Turing, the father of artificial intelligence. The team at Alan Turing today is committed to creating a future vision in the field of artificial intelligence.
In order to predict which team can successfully win the World Cup, “AIrsenal” used the data of international matches and friendly matches from the 2002 World Cup to simulate the 2022 World Cup schedule more than 100,000 times, and finally concluded that the team with the highest probability of winning is the Brazilian team. According to the prediction results, the top ten teams with the highest probability of winning are Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, France, England, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, and Croatia.
As the World Cup schedule progressed to the top four, many teams that were favored by artificial intelligence to win the championship have been eliminated, including Brazil, the team that people put high hopes on. Among the top four teams with the highest probability of winning the championship, in reality, only Argentina and France successfully advanced to the semifinals, and Morocco, which also advanced to the semifinals, was not even among the top ten predicted by AI. Unpredictable surprises are exactly why football is the most-watched sport in the world.