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Tech enabled Collective General Intelligence. Johannes Castner, Uni. of Columbia

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CollectiWise: a system for technology enabled Collective General Intelligence and Wisdom. Johannes Castner, Columbia University.

Recent academic and industrial research in the burgeoning field of collective intelligence has shown that for specific tasks, such as the prediction of unprecedented events, crowds of interested and cleverly incentivized amateurs beat the performance of experts. This is also true for rather complex, structured conditional predictions in systems known as combinatorial prediction markets. The results are astounding. Our system, CollectiWise, is built to generalize these results and to accomplish collective general intelligence; a singularity (ever improving intelligence) not just through artificial intelligence, but through technology enabled collective intelligence, or multi-organism intelligence. This is accomplished by generalizing combinatorial prediction markets—building on the opencog AGI platform—to include logical operators, such as universal and existential quantifiers as well as ethical logic and the collective creation of ontologies and ontological reasoning. Collectives can then plan, reason, understand mechanisms in complex and high dimensional systems and make decisions without, or with reduced, need for hierarchical power structures. Our work has important implications for the future of work and for Sustainable Development.

Speaker Bio Johannes Castner is a PhD candidate at Columbia University in Sustainable Development. During his research, he found that Collective Intelligence and Collective Wisdom are the crux of Sustainable Development, which thus would need to be aided by technology and AI. The ideas Johannes developed during his PhD research lead him to found his startup CollectiWise. Previously a data scientist at Ebay, Johannes has also held research assistant positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and The Earth Institute Centre for Environmental Sustainability in New York.

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