The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently hosted the Collective Intelligence 2012 conference, which gave collective intelligence experts an opportunity to review papers about behavior that is both collective and intelligent, as well as lay the groundwork for forming a new interdisciplinary field to explore the subject.
The organizers of the conference attracted 104 papers, and selected 18 for presentation. The papers that were presented included "Group Foraging in Dynamic Environments," "Collaborative Development in Wikipedia," and "Crowdsourcing Collective Emotional Intelligence." Additional papers were listed as poster papers and plenary abstracts, and the full text of all the papers went online during the conference.
"Collective intelligence is an emerging interdisciplinary field that overlaps with many other disciplines, including computer science, management, network science, economics, social psychology, sociology, political science, and biology," says Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He notes that answers to questions such as what leads groups to become more collectively intelligent can have huge, practical implications. "They can, for instance, help companies become more productive and help societies solve their problems more effectively," Malone says.
From MIT Sloan Management Review
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