“Collective Intelligence (CI) is the capacity of human collectives to engage in intellectual cooperation in order to create, innovate, and invent.” - Pierre Levy + James Surowiecki + Mark Tovey
In November I wrote that it’s no secret to Twitter users that something fundamental has shifted in how we communicate and how these communications seem to form “a life of their own” in terms of reach and influence.
Now it’s official: Twitter is Intelligent. What does that mean? Recently, I re-tweeted an article by Dean Pomerleau, titled Twitter and the Global Brain. In that article he says, “Imagine a twitter user as a neuron. He/she makes the equivalent of a synapse with each of his/her followers. When a twitter user sends out a tweet, it is the equivalent of a neuron firing. Followers who receive the tweet decide whether to propagate the activity by retweeting the message, in a sense by deciding whether they too should fire in response to the tweet.”
I talk about Twitter and the Chaos Theory – that a tweet may seem random, but in the global metadata concept it’s actually part of a dynamic system swirling across the globe. “The Chaos Theory is a branch of mathematics which studies the behavior of certain dynamical systems that may be highly sensitive to initial conditions. This sensitivity is popularly referred to as the butterfly effect. As a result of this sensitivity, which manifests itself as an exponential growth of error, the behavior of chaotic systems appears to be random.”
As the body of metadata continues to grow, the intelligence it contains is both meaningful in real time and as a pool of research data – therefore, it is Intelligent.
Finally, there’s also a site one of my favorite bloggers, Venessa Miemis, highlights – something called IEML: information economy meta language. It’s mission is as follows:
The main mission of the Collective Intelligence Lab is to pursue theoretical, empirical and applied researches related to ieml. This general mission can be decomposed in three sub-tasks:
- to develop the vocabulary and the grammar of the information economy metalanguage,
- to design and build the technical and methodological tools that will encourage and spread ieml uses,
- to exploit ieml-related tools and methods for the study of information economy, the improvement of knowledge management and the growth of collective intelligence.
As I’ve said before, , watch a huge flock of birds moving across the landscape, appearing random at first glance, but taking on an elegant and magical form as they dance through the sky. Suddenly, their movements are coordinated and a shape and form is visible that is something more than individual birds. They dive and glide and move in sync or not, but out of chaos is born form and function and purpose. THIS is what’s occurring in the aggregate with global communications. And we’re just at the beginning.
Hope to see you at Government 2.5 in DC on December 14 and 15 where I’ll talk about this at great length.
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