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Apr 18 | Apr 20 2012
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Collective Intelligence: people and computers generating knowledge

Created on 2012/3/17 | Update 2012/4/11 | 950 reads

Collective intelligence has existed at least as long as humans have, because families, armies, countries, and companies have all--at least sometimes--acted collectively in ways that seem intelligent. MIT, Cambridge (MA, USA) 18 to 20 april 2012.




But in the last decade or so a new kind of collective intelligence has emerged: groups of people and computers, connected by the Internet, collectively doing intelligent things. For example, Google technology harvests knowledge generated by millions of people creating and linking web pages and then uses this knowledge to answer queries in ways that often seem amazingly intelligent. Or in Wikipedia, thousands of people around the world have collectively created a very large and high quality intellectual product with almost no centralized control, and almost all as volunteers!
These early examples of Internet-enabled collective intelligence are not the end of the story but just the beginning. And in order to understand the possibilities and constraints of these new kinds of intelligence, we need a new interdisciplinary field. Forming such a field is one of the goals of this conference.

 

We seek papers about behavior that is both collective and intelligent. By collective, we mean groups of individual actors, including, for example, people, computational agents, and organizations. By intelligent, we mean that the collective behavior of the group exhibits characteristics such as, for example, perception, learning, judgment, or problem solving.

 
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

human computation
social computing
crowdsourcing
wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets)
group memory and problem-solving
deliberative democracy
animal collective behavior
organizational design
public policy design (e.g., regulatory reform)
ethics of collective intelligence (e.g., "digital sweatshops")
computational models of group search and optimization
emergence and evolution of intelligence
new technologies for making groups smarter
Invited Speakers
Lada Adamic (Michigan)
Yochai Benkler (Harvard)
Colin Camerer (Caltech)
Chris Chabris (Union)
Yiling Chen (Harvard)
Elizabeth Churchill (Yahoo!)
Iain Couzin (Princeton)
Deborah Gordon (Stanford)
Ed Hutchins (UCSD)
Panos Ipeirotis (NYU)
Robert Kraut (CMU)
Karim Lakhani (Harvard)
Winter Mason (Stevens)
Rob Miller (MIT)
Scott Page (Michigan)
Matthew Salganik (Princeton)
Ben Shneiderman (Maryland)
Justin Wolfers (Penn)
Anita Woolley (CMU)
Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard)
Dates and Location
The conference will be held April 18-20, 2012 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.  

  







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