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Today's Big Idea: Collective Intelligence

The Big Idea for Thursday, October 11, 2012

Perhaps our success as a species depends on how well we're able to use our global collective intelligence "to make choices that are not just smart but also wise."

This what Tom Malone believes. Malone is the director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence where he uses teams to tackle global problems like climate change. In addition to organizing an event on collective intelligence last spring, Malone played a central role at this year's Nantucket Project, an event full of big ideas and bold-faced names that was held from October 5 to October 8th on Nantucket, MA.

Malone asks this crucial question for all his research projects: How can people and computers be connected so that--collectively--they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?


  1. 1 Collective Intelligence: A Dispatch from The Nantucket Project
    Daniel Honan Collective Intelligence
  2. 2 Which genes are responsible for intelligence?
    Kayt Sukel World in Mind
  3. 3 Can We Have Brain-to-Brain Communication?
    Michio Kaku
  4. 4 Reevaluating Intelligence
    Howard Gardner

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