notes that there is an emerging collective intelligence
(CI) in groups, which increasingly exhibit a CIQ greater
than the sum of our individual IQ's. Eric Bonabeau
calls it Swarm
Intelligence, and argues that understanding CI variations
among social animals is giving us new opportunities for business
organization, multi-agent computing, and other social architectures.
Quest for Collective Intelligence), notes that human
CI is based on a new kind of "group nervous system."
In particular, it involves much more frequent, briefer, lateral,
massively parallel communication styles among modern human
beings. Hundred-channel information feeds, email, the internet,
groupware such as Groove, and new social
software platforms (blogs, wikis, etc.) are are all gently
re-educating us in these new, more CI-facilitating interaction
styles. Yet when we attend conferences, they are still far
too often modeled after the traditional information-poor,
single-track talking head ideal first optimized in the Greco-Roman
era. That's just not enough anymore.