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collective intelligence


a phenomenon in sociology where a shared or group intelligence emerges from the collaboration and competition of many individuals


Collective intelligence is also a form of networking enabled by the rise of communications technology, which has enabled interactivity and users generating their own content.

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  • The higher the collective intelligence, that is to say, the higher is the collective possibility.

    New Worlds For Old Herbert George Wells
  • Heaven and earth are such an immense realm that it can only be grasped by the collective intelligence of all intelligent beings.'

  • Such 'collective intelligence' Goethe perhaps more nearly possessed than any other human being has done.

  • The world can't begin again on any higher plane than just the level of our collective intelligence.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • In a mob the collective intelligence and mercy is that of the least intelligent and most brutal members that compose the mob.

  • With the coming of these new weapons her collective intelligence thrilled with the sense that now her moment had come.

    The War in the Air Herbert George Wells

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