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It's also possible for groups of people to work together in ways that seem pretty stupid, and I think collective stupidity is just as possible as collective intelligence. Part of what I want to understand and part of what the people I'm working with want to understand is what are the conditions that lead to collective intelligence rather than collective stupidity. But in whatever form, either intelligence or stupidity, this collective behavior has existed for a long time. What's new, though, is a new kind of collective intelligence enabled by the Internet. Or think of Wikipedia, where thousands of people all over the world have collectively created a very large and amazingly high quality intellectual product with almost no centralized control. If we want to predict what's going to happen, especially if we want to be able to take advantage of what's going to happen, we need to understand those possibilities at a much deeper level than we do so far. Why are we doing all this work?

The New Model for Innovation Is Social -- and Mobile: But Are Companies Ready? Most business leaders are by now aware that the growing use of mobile phones is changing the competitive landscape for all companies, no matter what the industry. The extent of those changes is greater than most appreciate, however. They include entirely new methods of designing products and completely revamped methods for selling them. They also involve a fundamentally reinvented relationship with customers: To be precise, the customers are now the boss. Those were some of the key ideas that emerged from a recent conference — “How Mobile and Social Are Transforming Innovation Models: Flipping the Paradigm?” “The war is over,” Snyder noted. There are many implications of this shift to mobile. Snyder predicted that several industries and professions were on the verge of being disrupted by mobile. New Possibilities for a New Economy The new way of selling products, Hewlin noted, involves a move from what he called the “CapEx” business model to one dubbed “OpEx.” Feeding the Ecosystem

2013-11-13 - Why Interpersonal Skills Are More Important Than You Think Speaker Thomas Malone Director, Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT Sloan School Thomas Malone of the MIT Sloan School discusses the importance of interpersonal skills and his research measuring intelligence of groups. Read the full transcript below. (Transcript by Realtime Transcription.) Kirkpatrick: The next session was not originally scheduled. Tom runs the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT, and what he’s going to talk about is why interpersonal skills are more important than you think. So, Tom. Malone: Thank you, David. So, David asked me to say some of the things I said yesterday morning. Here is why I think interpersonal skills are even more important than I used to think. Now, if you want to create intelligent organizations, one thing that would certainly be helpful would be a way of measuring the intelligence of a group. So I’m going to tell you today about some research we’ve done at MIT to do exactly that. So we asked that question. Now you all knew that.

Zeitgeist Rama: Archive Five ingredients for innovation The political, social, and economic problems of tomorrow aren’t going to be solved using the methods honed by Baby Boomers and their parents (no offense to either generation). That message took center stage at this year’s World Innovation Forum, which took place on June 12th and 13th. But no matter how old you are, progress and prosperity are dependent on innovation. Here are five takeaways I took from more than a dozen speakers during the two-day idea-fest. Innovation takes a variety of tools and skills, but Leidl offers five big ones that he gathered from this year’s World Innovation Forum. Change Rebecca Henderson, co-director of the Business and Environment Initiative at Harvard, gave a sobering perspective on a future without change. Putting theory to practice, the young entrepreneurs at Sword & Plough, were featured for their sustainable and innovative products. Practice Collaboration Belief Fun

Canal Azul 24 The Forerunners Of Future Sexbots, Now ⚙ Co Since I’ve started tracking the story of sexual computing I’ve received many emails and countless tweets stating that while developers and engineers may be working on sexbots and other sexual technologies, no “normal” person would ever use such tech in their sex life. But now thanks to a few recent surveys we know that’s just not true. Here’s the first, as Alexis Kleinman writes for The Huffington Post: Nearly 20 percent of young adult smartphone owners in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 34 use their smartphones during sex, and nearly 1 in ten U.S. adults who own smartphones use them during sex. While this survey was conducted with a fairly large sampling size of 1,100 people, it did not specifically ask respondents what they were using their smartphones for while having sex. And while checking your phone--or even using it to enhance your technique--in the sack is one thing, surely no one but a pervert would ever sleep with a real sexbot, right? Wrong. To put that another way: No.

Global Futures Studies & Research by The Millennium Project Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list. Why is Facebook blue? According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green color blind; blue is the color Mark can see the best. Not highly scientific, right? So how do colors really affect us, and what is the science of colors in marketing, really? First: Can you recognize the online brands just based on color? Before we dive into the research, here are some awesome experiments that show you how powerful color alone really is. Example 1 (easy): Example 2 (easy): Example 3 (medium): Example 4 (hard): These awesome examples from YouTube designer Marc Hemeon, I think, show the real power of color more than any study could. How many were you able to guess? Which colors trigger which feeling for us? Being completely conscious about what color triggers us to think in which way isn’t always obvious. Black: Green: Blue: So how did that experiment turn out?

Your Body Language Speaks for You in Meetings - Charalambos Vlachoutsicos by Charalambos Vlachoutsicos | 1:00 PM September 19, 2012 Besides our choice of words and the volume and tone of a voice, gestures, posture and facial expressions all convey powerful messages to the people we are talking to, which is precisely why everyone pays close attention to other people’s body language. What’s more, some research suggests that your body language can even affect your hormones, which affect your decisions and attitudes to risk. In other words, how we say what we say to people is at least as important as what we say to them. Yet for all the care we take to read other people’s body language, we’re remarkably unconscious when it comes to our own. This is largely, I think, because knowledge of our true selves is hard and does not come naturally to us. When did I last eat? The pre-flight prep I’ve outlined is essential but you have to keep reading the dials after you take off as well. Am I fidgeting?

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Why The Human Body Will Be The Next Computer Interface By now you’ve probably heard a lot about wearables, living services, the Internet of Things, and smart materials. As designers working in these realms, we’ve begun to think about even weirder and wilder things, envisioning a future where evolved technology is embedded inside our digestive tracts, sense organs, blood vessels, and even our cells. As a service design consultancy we focus on how the systems and services work, rather than on static products. To see the future, first we must understand the past. 1801: the first programmable machine Let’s skip the abacus and the Pascal adding machine and move straight to the 19th-century Jacquard loom. 1943: Colossus valve computer Not only critical for its role in winning WWII but for being the world’s first electronic digital computer. 1953: the FORTRAN punch card Very similar to the Jacquard loom’s punch cards, here was a system that could order a machine to perform many different calculations and functions. 1980: a regression occurs

Collective intelligence as a field, instead of focusing on a methodology, focuses on a set of questions, a set of phenomenon about those questions. Collective intelligence, as the name implies, is about the phenomenon of intelligence as it arises in groups of individuals—whether those individuals are individual people or whether they are organizations, companies, or markets.
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