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 and Matt Ridley both believe. Malone is the director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence where he uses teams to tackle global problems like climate change. Matt Ridley is a scientist and self-described "rational optimist." Ridley believes that all human progress is tied to the "mating of ideas," and he says we will enjoy enormous prosperity in the future so long as we trust each other enough to trade knowledge.
Technology promises to dramatically accelerate the speed of knowledge transfer. While collective intelligence has been around for a long time, 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?