Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and NationsSurowiecki explores problems involving cognition, coordination and cooperation. His rubric, then, covers a range of problems, including driving in traffic, competing on TV game shows, maximizing stock market performance, voting for political candidates, navigating busy sidewalks, tracking SARS and designing Internet search engines like Google. If four basic conditions are met, a crowd’s “collective intelligence” will produce better outcomes than a small group of experts, Surowiecki says, even if members of the crowd don’t know all the facts or choose, individually, to act irrationally. “Wise crowds” need (1) diversity of opinion; (2) independence of members from one another; (3) decentralization; and (4) a good method for aggregating opinions.
James Surowiecki – The Wisdom of Crowds
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Category: Psychology / Body Language