Euro 2016: How Predicting The Winner Points To A Future Where Machines Make The Decisions

Ask any soccer fan who will win the Euro 2016 championship and every one of them will have any opinion, fueled by a combination of patriotism, passion and hope. It’s safe to say none of them will offer an opinion based on the results of 36,000 matches over the past 150 years and an analysis of 94 billion outcomes. That’s what researcher Michael Feindt, a particle physicist who worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for six years, has done. At CERN, Feindt created an algorithm to predict collisons of particles inside the Large Hadron Collider. Now he’s CEO of Blue Yonder, a startup looking to commercialize the technology in retail, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, a process he describes as finding the “the possibilities of probable futures.” Now he’s applying it to the…


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