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Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence

This video was recorded at MIT Communications Forum. Can human beings, with the help of smart machines, not merely avoid "collective idiocy" (in Sandy Pentland's words), but actually achieve a degree of intelligence previously unattainable by either humans or machines alone? These three panelists study the possibilities from different angles. Thomas Malone's Center for Collective Intelligence examines such evolving intelligent systems as Wikipedia, which relies on a veritable army of volunteers to "create a high quality product with almost no centralized control," and Google, with its technology "harvesting knowledge" and serving up answers to a vast audience of seekers. While a crowd doesn't guarantee the best solution to a problem, Malone sees opportunities in "prediction markets," where... Show More

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