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Monday, October 28, 2019

A Talk on Communal Intelligence

We have not even gotten modeling individual intelligence right yet.  And it is that intelligence that has provided so much striking value.  So do we want to be 'communal' quite yet?   Cooperative and effective yes, but communal?   Squelching the individual spirit?

Communal Intelligence    A Talk By Seth Lloyd 

We haven't talked about the socialization of intelligence very much. We talked a lot about intelligence as being individual human things, yet the thing that distinguishes humans from other animals is our possession of human language, which allows us both to think and communicate in ways that other animals don’t appear to be able to. This gives us a cooperative power as a global organism, which is causing lots of trouble. If I were another species, I’d be pretty damn pissed off right now. What makes human beings effective is not their individual intelligences, though there are many very intelligent people in this room, but their communal intelligence.

SETH LLOYD is a theoretical physicist at MIT; Nam P. Suh Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; external professor at the Santa Fe Institute; and author of Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos. Seth Lloyd's Edge Bio Page .... 

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