Re: What is Intelligence?

Dan Clemmensen (
Sun, 13 Oct 1996 13:26:09 -0400

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Oct 1996, Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> > IMO, a large group is not much more intelligent than its most
> > intelligent member.
> Well, this depends largely on the task. According to what I have learned
> about group psychology, some tasks are very suitable for group-work, while
> others aren't. If the task can be subdivided in some way, then the group
> members can divide the task between them, and become much more efficient
> (this is why we have corporations).
The problem domain here is restricted to "technical creative
intelligence." In my experience, "groupthink" can be helpful, but in
general the bulk of the time spent by an innovator is spent waiting for
some process to complete so another decision can be made. By automating
these processes, we can shorten the time between decisions and allow
the consequences to be evaluated more rapidly.
> > IMO easy and effective access to knowledge is an intelligence
> > multiplier...
> The big question is: how do we get knowledge instead of information or
> (worse) data? Case in point: [WWW clutter]

Since I'm arguing that a human/computer collaboration will be more
"intelligent", I'd say that the computer portion of the entity
would include the appropriate filtering. That is, the entity would
spend the time needed to implement the appropriate searchers and
(Of course, the first move would be to take over all internet News
forwarding code and suppress MAKE MONEY FAST posts :-))