Link for this Post: The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
This link (which came by way of the PatternHunter blog: is to a new (at least to me) research center with a fascinating focus: Here is a bit from the intro to their website ( bold the center paragraph which is the meat of the matter
While people have talked about collective
intelligence for decades, new communication technologies—especially the
Internet—now allow huge numbers of people all over the planet to work
together in new ways. The recent successes of systems like Google and
Wikipedia suggest that the time is now ripe for many more such systems,
and the goal of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence is to understand how to take advantage of these possibilities.
Our basic research question is: How can people and computers be
connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any
individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?
its combination of expertise in computer science, brain sciences, and
management, MIT is uniquely suited to address this question. We hope
this work will lead to new scientific understanding in a variety of
disciplines and practical advances in many areas of business and
To find out more visit them through the link at the top of this post.