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The Conundrum of collective intelligence

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It is frequently said that an organisation’s output is greater than the sum of its parts. This axiom is increasingly being shown to be true in research studies around the world. Recent investigations into human intelligence have revealed something called ‘Collective Intelligence’ that we as social animals use in a similar way to ants and
bees. While the research is at very early stages, we will use a new piece of research at the Carnegie Mellon University and MIT in the US to illustrate what is known about this phenomenon.

What is collective intelligence?

Collective intelligence(CI) is defined as a “group’scapacity to perform a wide variety of tasks, and that [collective intelligence] is consistently predictive of future performance”.This differs somewhat from the individual’s intelligence (IQ) insofar as when two or more people get together and find a unity they exhibit a different form of intelligence.

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