Is robot Ikram, cricket's octopus Paul?
Eduardo Sandoval, a University of Canterbury HITLab PhD student, is responsible for designing the predicting software of the robot. The outcome is of course dubitable and almost impossible given the fact that Afghanistan is fairly new to the sport and lacks quality players. Besides even that, the minnows are pooled together with cricket heavyweights such as Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka. Scotland and Bangladesh are the two other lowly ranked teams in Afghanistan’s pool. The prediction in favor of Afghanistan was made by the robot after narrowing the field down to India, West Indies, Scotland, New Zealand and of course, Afghanistan. The decision was reached after the robot carefully viewed the fourteen flags of the competing nations.
The robot’s peculiar name (given the country of its origin) is inspired by the Mexican-Syrian philosopher Ikram Antaki. Sandoval stated that Octopus Paul, the near-deadly accurate 2010 football World Cup predicting octopus, was the inspiration behind the idea for robot Ikram. Octopus Paul gained international recognition when he predicted all seven of Germany’s matches correctly in the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The octopus died after a two year life span on 26th October, 2010.
Coming back to robot Ikram, here’s what Eduardo had to say about Ikram’s unrealistic prediction regarding Afghanistan. “Of course, this is very unlikely, but with cricket the outcome can always be unexpected,” Sandoval was quoted as saying by nzherald.co.nz on Tuesday.
ICC World Cup 2015 marks the debut of Afghan cricket team in the mega event. It will be interesting to see how Afghanistan fares, with robot Ikram’s blessings with them all the way to the final. For now, seeing that the Afghanistan cricket team have their work cut out for them, we would prefer betting on expert analysis for the time being!