You won't believe who 'Kiwi robot' predicts as the World Cup 2015 winner

Published: February 11, 2015


PHOTO: REUTERS A screengrab of the robot.

There’s a first time for everything. It may be Afghanistan’s debut in the World Cup but the cricket team has become the winning choice of a robot in New Zealand, who predicted the first-timers will lift the trophy this year.

The robot, who is named Ikram after the Mexican-Syrian philosopher Ikram Antaki and belongs to the Univserity of Canterbury, made the decision after viewing the 14 countries’ flags.

After narrowing down the options to India, West Indies, Scotland, New Zealand and Afghanistan, the robot predicted that Afghanistan would be named the champions.

Eduardo Sandoval, a University of Canterbury HITLab PhD student, developed the robot’s prediction software.

“Of course, this is very unlikely, but with cricket the outcome can always be unexpected,” Sandoval was quoted as saying by

Afghanistan is in Pool A of the World Cup clubbed along with Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Sri Lanka.

Earlier, India thrashed Afghanistan by 153 runs at the Adelaide Oval in a warm-up match.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Saad
    Feb 11, 2015 - 7:41PM

    I’m sorry my dear sir. Your robot is broken.Recommend

  • Nouman Ahmad
    Feb 11, 2015 - 8:47PM

    Go home robo. You’re drunk.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Feb 12, 2015 - 12:26AM

    Taliban robot!Recommend

  • just_someone
    Feb 12, 2015 - 3:13AM

    Someone was definitely drinking while coding the algorithm for the robot!Recommend

  • khan
    Feb 15, 2015 - 9:52PM

    Fantastic decision of robot Afghanistan will win inshallahRecommend

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