Thursday, April 21, 2011

Our Spring speaker series presents Tom Malone on Collective Intellgence

Join us for a talk with Tom Malone, the founder of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and a Professor at the MIT Sloan School.

Monday, May 02, 3:30-5:00pm
1 Rogers St, Cambridge
Open to the public

Collective Intelligence: What is it?
How can we measure it and how can we increase it?

Tom’s talk will describe how the techniques used to measure individual intelligence can be used to measure the "collective intelligence" of groups. Just as with individuals, a single statistical factor can predict the performance of a group on a wide range of different tasks. Although this factor is weakly correlated with the individual intelligence of group members, it is strongly correlated with the social perceptiveness, conversational behavior, and gender of group members.

Tom will also discuss other work being done to increase collective intelligence by: (a) combining predictions from humans and computers, (b) mapping the "genome" of collective intelligence, and (c) harnessing ideas from thousands of people around the world for dealing with global climate change.

About Tom
Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century". Professor Malone teaches classes on leadership and information technology, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.