- viii, 376 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- "If you're like most people, you probably believe that humans are the most intelligent animals on our planet. But there's another kind of entity that can be far smarter: groups of people. In this groundbreaking book, Thomas Malone, the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, shows how groups of people working together in superminds--like hierarchies, markets, democracies, and communities--have been responsible for almost all human achievements in business, government, science, and beyond. And these collectively intelligent human groups are about to get much smarter. Using dozens of striking examples and case studies, Malone shows how computers can help create more intelligent superminds simply by connecting humans to one another in a variety of rich, new ways. And although it will probably happen more gradually than many people expect, artificially intelligent computers will amplify the power of these superminds by doing increasingly complex kinds of thinking. Together, these changes will have far-reaching implications for everything from the way we buy groceries and plan business strategies to how we respond to climate change, and even for democracy itself. By understanding how these collectively intelligent groups work, we can learn how to harness their genius to achieve our human goals. "--Amazon.com.Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-362) and index.part I. What are superminds?: Would you recognize a supermind if you saw it on the street? ; Can a group take an intelligence test? -- part II. How can computers help make superminds smarter?: How will people work with computers? ; How much general intelligence will computers have? ; How can groups of people and computers think more intelligently? -- part III. How can superminds make smarter decisions?: Smarter hierarchies ; Smarter democracies ; Smarter markets ; Smarter communities ; Smarter ecosystems ; Which superminds are best for which decisions? -- part IV. How can superminds create more intelligently?: Bigger is (often) smarter ; How can we work together in new ways? -- part V. How else can superminds think more intelligently?: Smarter sensing ; Smarter remembering ; Smarter learning -- part VI. How can superminds help solve our problems?: Corporate strategic planning ; Climate change ; Risks of artificial intelligence -- part VII. Where are we headed?: Hello, internet, are you awake? ; The global mind.