Learn the key ideas of the book by T. W. Malone


Superminds and computers: the future of evolution

Superminds provides a detailed analysis of organized groups of humans known as ‘’superminds’’, together with the rules that govern them. We will find out how computers and robots will increasingly become part of our everyday life, and how this will change both our habits and our work. Technology is generating incredible opportunities and it is essential that we understand how to make the most of them. It’s time to move past the belief that robots are stealing our jobs and that they will take over the world.
Now is the time to embrace the concept of superminds, according to which people and machines act together for everyone's sake.

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Many useful tips to:

  • Anyone who is fascinated by artificial intelligence and wants a better understanding of how it will become part of our everyday life.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about humanity’s tendency to form groups, about the rules that govern these groups and the most suitable structures for different kinds of projects.
  • Anyone who wishes to overcome the fear that ‘’robots will steal our jobs’’, and would like to understand how the labour market will change, get insight on future market equilibriums and understand our role in all of the above.

The author of the book:

Thomas W. Malone is a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. Furthermore, he is one of the two co-founding directors of the initiative "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century". He is the author of The Future of Work and he has published over 100 articles, research papers and scientific book chapters. He has also co-founded four software companies, he is an inventor with 11 patents, and he has co-edited four books.


Mankind and groups of men: how can the latter be classified and who makes decisions?

Throughout history, mankind’s evolution has always been defined by collectiveness. We have overcome some of our biggest challenges thanks to individuals coming together and joining forces for a common goal. Groups, like individuals, demonstrate intelligence. We can classify groups based on how decisions are made within them:

  • hierarchies – few individuals are in power and make decisions that other members must abide by;
  • democracies – decisions are voted on by members;
  • markets- decisions are made by mutual agreement;
  • communities – decisions are made by informal consensus;
  • ecosystems – decisions are made by stronger members, who can therefore survive and reproduce.

All other kinds of superminds interact within ecosystems.


The key ideas of "Superminds"

Mankind and groups of men: how can the latter be classified and who makes decisions?
A group that acts collectively and intelligently is a supermind.
How can computers help make superminds more intelligent?
Superminds can make smarter decisions
Technology to allow for a smarter supermind
Technology and memory for smarter thinking
How can superminds help us solve our problems?
Intelligence and conscience: how is conscience defined and to what extent does it affect intelligence?
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