At its inaugural conference last week, Nesta’s new Centre for Collective Intelligence Design brought together leading academics and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to share knowledge about collective intelligence projects and to generate ideas and priorities for research that would help advance the emerging field of collective intelligence design. Read about 10 of the many ideas and questions that were raised during the day.
At Nesta’s new Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, we are searching for insights into how we can make the most of collective human intelligence and machine intelligence to solve our complex social challenges.
As a first step, we are offering grants of up to £20,000 for practical experiments that produce actionable insights into how this can be done well.
We know that new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence can help us to analyse, predict, learn, communicate, and make better decisions faster. They can enable groups to become smarter than the sum of their parts, and mobilise human intelligence at greater scale. But it is not a given. It requires careful design and committed orchestration.
At our inaugural ‘designing collective intelligence’ conference last week, we brought together leading academics and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to share knowledge about what works and to generate ideas and priorities for research that would help advance the emerging field of collective intelligence design.
Despite much promising practice in collective intelligence - ranging from Zooniverse to Consul, and Duolingo to Patient Innovation, there are still many open questions about the best type of collective intelligence approaches for different problems, and how to make existing efforts even more effective.
Here are just 10 of the many ideas and questions that were raised during the day - thoughts which spanned a range of fields and different aspects of collective intelligence design.
As this list of questions shows, there is an important need to experiment with new approaches and, crucially, learn what works.
If you think you could help answer one of these questions, or if have your own ideas for applied research or practical experiments that would generate evidence on the best approaches to designing or employing collective intelligence, please check out our new grants.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 9 November. More information can be found in our call for ideas.