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On Collective Unintelligence

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The idea of collective unintelligence is examined in this paper to highlight some of the conceptual and practical problems faced in modeling groups. Examples drawn from international crises and economics provide illustrative problems of collective failures to act in intelligent ways, despite the inputs and efforts of many skilled and intelligent parties. Choices made of “appropriate” perceptions, analysis and evaluations are examined along with how these might be combined. A simple vector representation illustrates some of the issues and creative possibilities in multi-party actions. Revealed as manifest (un-)intelligence are the resolutions of various problems and potentials that arise in dealing with the “each and all” of a group (wherein items are necessarily non-parallel and of unequal valency). Such issues challenge those seeking to model collective intelligence, but much may be learned.

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  • intelligence
  • paradoxes
  • crisis
  • resolution
  • international economics

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McGovern, M. (2010). On Collective Unintelligence. In: Bastiaens, T.J., Baumöl, U., Krämer, B.J. (eds) On Collective Intelligence. Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing, vol 76. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14481-3_1

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