A group of researchers have created an algorithm that supposedly predicts who will survive the last season of Game of Thrones. Disappointingly, it has been right before.
Today beginneth the final lap around the universe of needless nudity and/or murder most foul, Game of Thrones. As expectation turns to reality, we loudly ponder on who will emerge from the final season with their life intact.
However, much like everything in 2019, it has already been ruined by artificial intelligence. Students at the Techincal University of Munich birthed an algorithm that predicted the survival of certain characters, and who is most likely to sit atop the iron throne.
Potential mathematic spoilers, I think.
According to the algorithm, the character with the grimmest prospects is Bronn, the dangerous sword dude of Tyrion Lannister, though Gregor Clegane and Sansa Stark are not far behind Bronny.
With a 99.1 percent chance of surviving, Daenerys Targaryen is clear and away the ultimate victor. According to the results of the algorithm, that fact that she’s a noble and a female who is married will see the dragon queen ascend to the pointy chair.
However, I suggest you don’t hate the game, hate the algorithm, as it has been proven to be eerily accurate in analysing the series’ greatest question. Prior to the airing of Season 6, the same algorithm predicted the resurrection of Jon Snow.
“While the task of predicting survival chances for Game of Thrones characters relies on data taken from the world of fantasy, the exact same artificial intelligence techniques are used in the real world and are having a powerful impact on our everyday lives,” explains the lead mentor of the class, Guy Yachdav.
In other words, this isn’t just a practice in dork love. Survival rates for cancer patients and other medical treatments use similar analyses to the GoT predictor.
We know nothing, AI – and we prefer that.