From the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence comes the first comprehensive look at the remarkable capacity for intelligence exhibited by groups of people and computers working together.
Many people today are so dazzled by the long-term potential for artificial intelligence that they overlook the much clearer and more immediate potential for a new form of “collective intelligence”: the intelligence of groups of people and computers working together.
In Superminds, Thomas Malone argues that in order to take advantage of this potential, we need to do three things. First, we must realize that groups of people and computers are greater than the sums of their parts – that, in fact, these groups have minds of their own. Second, we need to understand how to help these collectively intelligent groups become even smarter. And third, we must learn how to harness their power to serve our interests.
Groundbreaking and utterly fascinating, Superminds will change the way you work – both with others and with computers – for the better.