Over the past two decades, the study of collective intelligence has transformed from a loose collection of incredible feats such as a team locating ten weather balloons scattered across the continental United States in nine hours to a coherent body of research that spans biology, economics, psychology, and computer science. Malone and Bernstein bring together leading thinkers from multiple disciplines to produce what will undoubtedly become a foundational volume for this nascent field. -- Scott E. Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics, University of Michigan Collective intelligence has been a critical feature of mankind's past, and technological innovations guarantee it will be an important part of our future. In this skillfully edited volume, Malone and Bernstein provide an integrated survey of collective intelligence phenomena across a surprising variety of domains. It's an indispensable resource for anyone interested in what makes groups smart. -- Edwin Hutchins, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego; author of Cognition in the Wild Synthesizing decades of research across economics, sociology, biology, and computer science, this ambitious and invigorating book sketches the outlines of the emerging field of collective intelligence. Whether looking to start your research career or simply curious to understand what collective intelligence is about, you will find no better starting point than this book. -- Duncan J. Watts, Principal Researcher, Microsoft; author of Everything Is Obvious, Once You Know the Answer
Thomas W. Malone is Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. Michael S. Bernstein is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. Thomas W. Malone is Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. Michael S. Bernstein is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. Daniel S. Weld is Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.