Trump won the elections, but if we'd listened to this AI, we could have done something about it

The signs were all around us but we never saw Trump coming. But he did come and he did *shudder* win the US presidential elections. He is now, by rights, the forty-fifth president of the United States of America.


The signs were all around us but we never saw Trump coming. But he did come and he did win the US presidential elections. He is now, by rights, the forty-fifth president of the United States of America.

AI, however, is not blind. It is not emotionally bound to a point of view, it’s unafraid to pry and most importantly, it doesn’t ignore the signs.

MogIA, an AI system developed by Sanjiv Rai, founder of Genic.ai, has spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out who the next US president will be. To that end, MogIA analyses over 20 million data points gathered from public sources like Facebook, Google and Twitter to generate a prediction for the elections.

The AI has correctly managed to predict the last three presidential elections and had also, apparently, managed to accurately predict the results of the primaries. This AI analysed the data and on 28 October this year, predicted that Donald Trump would win the US presidential elections.

It’s not just the prediction that’s startling, that could have been blind luck — the chances of guessing right were 50:50, after all. MogIA found that Drumpf was 25 percent more popular this year than Barack Obama was when he ran for president in 2008.

Rai told CNBC that MobIA’s findings are just scratching the surface. All the AI did was access and analyse publicly available data. With more information, granular data, as he puts it, the AI can provide a far more detailed image of people’s sentiment, thus making predictions more accurate.

Rai also explained that rather than be influenced by its creators MobIA creates its own rules “at the policy layer.”

If only we had listened sooner, all this drama might have been avoided.

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