Today administrators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled the Center for Collective Intelligence, a program that would use technology and what officials describe as "large numbers of people" to solve business, scientific, and societal problems.
The center’s director, Thomas W. Malone, cited Google and Wikipedia as inspiration for the center. He said the basic research question there would be "How can people and computers be connected so that, collectively, they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?"
One of the center’s first projects will be a Wikipedia-style business book about the effects of social networks on business operations. The SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Pearson Publishing will also be involved. The book is expected to be published in the spring. –Andrea L. Foster