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Collective Intelligence | Conversation | Edge
"It's important to realize that intelligence is not just something that happens inside individual brains. It also arises with groups of individuals. In fact, I'd define collective intelligence as groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent. By that definition, of course, collective intelligence has been around for a very long time. Families, companies, countries, and armies: those are all examples of groups of people working together in ways that at least sometimes seem intelligent."
collective-intelligence  research  interview  psychology  sociology  crowdsourcing  augmentation  intelligence 
december 2012 by tsuomela
“Computers In The University” | Gardner Writes
" I re-read some material from Mitchell Waldrup’s epic The Dream Machine: J. C. R. Licklider and the Revolution that Made Computing Personal. I’ve read this book about three times all the way through, and I dip into it habitually to relive those defining moments of the emergent digital age–including the defining moments of rank unbridled idiocy that almost strangled the revolution in its cradle, such as the British Postal Service’s refusal to let the team that developed packet-switched communications develop their innovation, in any way, for any purpose. Too disruptive, you see
computers  education  augmentation  intelligence  history  technology  20c 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Offloading Memory: Good or Bad for the Brain? - Edward Tenner - Technology - The Atlantic
"Technology is indeed our friend, but it can become a dangerous flatterer, creating an illusion of control. Professors and librarians have been disappointed by the actual search skills even of elite college students, as I discussed here. We need quite a bit in our wetware memory to help us decide what information is best to retrieve. I've called this the search conundrum.

The issue isn't whether most information belongs online rather than in the head. We were storing externally even before Gutenberg. It's whether we're offloading the memory that we need to process the other memory we need. Strangely enough, Google Book Search still doesn't display a full copy of Malton's over 200-year-old masterpiece. Let's have it online soon. But let's not forget that healthy sense of "insufficiency.""
augmentation  mental  language  technology  google  psychology  mind  memory  technology-effects 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Derrick de Kerckhove: The Complete Interview « 40kBooks
"The Augmented Mind looks at the three eras of language (carried by the human body, then by literacy and now by electricity) and how the globalization and interconnectivity of today's world has impacted our development and growth."
interview  augmentation  mental  language  technology 
july 2011 by tsuomela
I.B.M.’s Watson - Computers Close In on the ‘Paris Hilton’ Problem -
John Markoff muses on the Jeopardy challenge by IBM and sets up a historical competition between artificial intelligence (John McCarthy) and intelligence augmentation (Douglas Englebart). Annotated link
artificial-intelligence  technology-effects  technology  sts  computers  augmentation 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Filtering Reality - The Atlantic (November 2009)
The knee-jerk answer would be to ban such reality filters, but a ban could be easily circumvented. The harder answer, but ultimately the correct one, would be to strengthen our society’s ability to tolerate diverse viewpoints—to encourage not muddy centrism, but a basic ability to hear out, and to see, fellow citizens with a measure of respect.
augmentation  reality  augmented-reality  internet  politics  civil-society  discourse  dialogue  future  scenario 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Get Smarter - The Atlantic (July/August 2009)
Pandemics. Global warming. Food shortages. No more fossil fuels. What are humans to do? The same thing the species has done before: evolve to meet the challenge. But this time we don’t have to rely on natural evolution to make us smart enough to survive. We can do it ourselves, right now, by harnessing technology and pharmacology to boost our intelligence.
future  technology  intelligence  augmentation 
june 2009 by tsuomela

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