Past Meetup

The future of collective intelligence

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Price: £7.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in room B18, on the basement level

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Can technology enable better collective intelligence?

In this talk, Joe Kay, founder and CEO of Enswarm, will be addressing:

*) How is group behaviour driven by the different tools and processes available today?

*) How can we use technology in our meetings to bring out the better aspects of our human nature, rather than reinforcing groupthink or "HiPPO" (highest paid person's opinion)?

*) How can teams think together more effectively to reach the best insights about the issues and opportunities facing them, and then collectively decide on the best action plan?

*) What are the implications of recent findings about human evolution for the ways in which we can achieve positive collaboration rather than negative reinforcement?

*) How can human-focused collective intelligence help us develop unbiased artificial general intelligence?

*) How can human-focused collective intelligence be used to transform politics?

== About the speaker ==

Joe Kay is the founder and CEO of Enswarm. Joe writes as follows:


I was always fascinated by teams, and I performed better as part of one than as an individual, so when I left university, I joined the army.

When I signed up on September 9th, 2001 the British military spent its time peacekeeping - that all changed two days later and for the next decade, I spent a lot of time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I found myself in a variety of high-pressure situations, and it was here that I started to understand what makes teams successful.

However, in 2010, I read a book called the Smart Swarm - about how ants and bees cooperate. These insects evolved to 'think' together, and I realised that they - not us - are the highest performing teams on the planet.

I then became fascinated by the Question, How did Humans evolve to think?

This led me to read everything I could about behavioural economics and psychology where I learned that we think as individuals that cooperate in tribes. In these tribes, we evolved specific mental models that kept our ancestors alive when they were hunting and gathering.

These mental models are called our human cognitive biases and make us think in very particular ways.

I formed the opinion that there are two key reasons why human evolution made it impossible for us to think together in the way that bees and ants do: Our human biases and our individually focused motivation.

However, we humans have worked a way around evolution - Tools.

Whenever we did not evolve the ability to do something we designed and built a tool to give us that capability.

So I left the army, founded Enswarm and my team and I have now built this tool - also called Enswarm, to transform the way people think together.


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== Meeting logistics ==

2pm-4pm, Sat 14th April 2018.

Venue: Room B18, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B18 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (, 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.

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== Covering meeting costs ==

A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

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Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.