Tom Atlee: Flawed Wisdom of the Crowds — Neglects Conversation & Role of Interaction

Collective Intelligence
Tom Atlee
Tom Atlee

Research has just shown that “The Wisdom of Crowds” phenomena can be biased – a bias that can be avoided by focusing on the responses of “confident” responders and ignoring everyone else. While this is interesting, it neglects a number of important points, such as (a) how the whole process is limited to questions that have a single right answer (which, it turns out, the researchers failed to do); (b) problems with “confidence” as a source of accurate information; and (c) the fact that making guesses about facts or predictions about the future is but a tiny part of the full reality and potential of collective wisdom – and focusing on that tiny part is distracting us from our urgent need to develop more comprehensive and powerful forms of collective wisdom and to apply them to our current global predicament.

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