On collective unintelligence

McGovern, Mark (2010) On collective unintelligence. In Proceedings of First Symposium on Collective Intelligence COLLIN 2010., FernUniversitat, Hagen.

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The idea of collective unintelligence is examined in this paper to highlight some of the conceptual and practical problems faced in modeling groups. Examples drawn from international crises and economics provide illustrative problems of collective failures to act in intelligent ways, despite the inputs and efforts of many skilled and intelligent parties. Choices made of “appropriate” perceptions, analysis and evaluations are examined along with how these might be combined. A simple vector representation illustrates some of the issues and creative possibilities in multi-party actions. Revealed as manifest (un-)intelligence are the resolutions of various problems and potentials that arise in dealing with the “each and all” of a group (wherein items are necessarily non-parallel and of unequal valency). Such issues challenge those seeking to model collective intelligence, but much may be learned.

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ID Code: 33703
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: intelligence, , paradoxes, crisis , resolution, international economics
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > Economic Theory (140100) > Economic Theory not elsewhere classified (140199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > International Economics and International Finance (140210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 (Consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2010 21:31
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:22

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