Sunday, November 7, 2010

Swarm Intelligence

This Science Friday interview with Len Fisher, author of The Perfect Swarm, blew me away. Apparently it can be proven that (in the right domain) averaging a group of people's independant opinions is more likely to produce the best decision than asking any individual expert. Did I hear that right? I may have to read the book!

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm.. sounds like Wikipedia.

    Also reminds me of the elementary teaching hint that if you are stuck with teaching the recorder to a bunch of young kids, have the biggest class possible, because the awful wrong notes will average out to something that sounds a bit like music.