Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World

  • 8h 50m 48s
  • Geoff Mulgan
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2017

A new field of collective intelligence has emerged in the last few years, prompted by a wave of digital technologies that make it possible for organizations and societies to think at large scale. This "bigger mind" - human and machine capabilities working together - has the potential to solve the great challenges of our time. So why do smart technologies not automatically lead to smart results? Gathering insights from diverse fields, including philosophy, computer science, and biology, Big Mind reveals how collective intelligence can guide corporations, governments, universities, and societies to make the most of human brains and digital technologies.

Geoff Mulgan explores how collective intelligence has to be consciously organized and orchestrated in order to harness its powers. He looks at recent experiments mobilizing millions of people to solve problems, and at groundbreaking technology like Google Maps and Dove satellites. He also considers why organizations full of smart people and machines can make foolish mistakes - from investment banks losing billions to intelligence agencies misjudging geopolitical events - and shows how to avoid them.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. The Paradox of a Smart World
  • 2. The Nature of Collective Intelligence in Theory and Practice
  • 3. The Functional Elements of Collective Intelligence
  • 4. The Infrastructures That Support Collective Intelligence
  • 5. The Organizing Principles of Collective Intelligence
  • 6. Learning Loops
  • 7. Cognitive Economics and Triggered Hierarchies
  • 8. The Autonomy of Intelligence
  • 9. The Collective in Collective Intelligence
  • 10. Self-Suspicion and Fighting the Enemies of Collective Intelligence
  • 11. Mind-Enhancing Meetings and Environments
  • 12. Problem Solving: How Cities and Governments Think
  • 13. Visible and Invisible Hands: Economies and Firms as Collective Intelligence
  • 14. The University as Collective Intelligence
  • 15. Democratic Assembly
  • 16. How Does a Society Think and Create as a System?
  • 17. The Rise of Knowledge Commons: It's for Everyone
  • 18. Collective Wisdom and Progress in Consciousness