[LINK] MIT dips its lid to stupidity

rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Thu Oct 12 19:05:09 AEST 2006


> While people have talked about collective intelligence for decades, 
> new communication technologies—especially the Internet—now allow huge 
> numbers of people all over the planet to work together in new ways. 
> The recent successes of systems like Google and Wikipedia suggest that 
> the time is now ripe for many more such systems, and the goal of the 
> *MIT Center for Collective Intelligence* is to understand how to take 
> advantage of these possibilities.
> Our basic research question is: How can people and computers be 
> connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any 
> individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?
> With its combination of expertise in computer science, brain sciences, 
> and management, MIT is uniquely suited to address this question. We 
> hope this work will lead to new scientific understanding in a variety 
> of disciplines and practical advances in many areas of business and 
> society.
And more quotes from this site:

>     * Innocentive lets companies easily tap the talents of the global
>       scientific community for innovative solutions to tough R&D problems

> (a) collecting and distilling the results of experience from the 
> real-world "experiments" many people will be trying
> (b) experimenting with innovative new techniques to advance the 
> state-of-the-art

...the collective intelligence of MIT can't even manage whole sentences. 
The state of the art *what*? Are nouns in short supply at MIT?

...oh. This is the same MIT whose own collective intelligence couldn't 
keep its McMIT franchises operational, even with governments rolling in 
truckloads of money?


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