Posted by: zyxo | January 13, 2008

Does human collective intelligence exist ?

In the posts behind this link collective intelligence is discussed. Interesting, and as I like structure, a short list of three points has attracted my attention :

  • collective reflexion : thinking together
  • collective communication : well, since in communication allways at least two parties
    are involved, we can simply drop the “collective”
  • decision making : can be enhanced by information that comes from “collective” communication.

Here the blogger clearly missed his start. I would start to wonder : what is intelligence ?
Wikipedia : “… capacities to reason, to plan, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend ideas, to use language, and to learn…
Simply put : the capacity to absorb information and to do something useful with it.
So what about “collective” ?.
It is clear that if one individual is busy being intelligent he uses the info at hand, so alone, he is limited to his own information. He can do better by using information of others too : texts, pictures or sounds in books, dvd’s, on the internet (asynchonous), or what other people say or show directly to him alive or at television or msn (synchronous). Doing that it is already collective intelligence.
So if you want to implement enterprise 2.0 to get a higher collective intelligence, it’s all about sharing information, which leads us to the other buzzword : knowledge management.

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