Genes of collective learning

Tom Malone has a great presentation on the common ‘gene’s — or replicable patterns — on groups of individuals doing things collectively that seem intelligent. He tries (and does pretty well) to answer the question “How can people and computers be connected so that collectively they act more intelligently than any person, group or computer has done before?”. He then maps out a set of design patterns for

  • the what, who, why and how to do this,
  • howing some well known and less known examples,
  • the limitations
  • typical clusterings
  • as well as for which problems these are useful to solve.

He prioritises genes with the ‘Why’ patterns first: “Failure to get motivational factors right is probably the single greatest cause of failure in collective intelligence experiments”.


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