This talk will explore theories and tools for collective intelligence: what is the state of knowledge and what could we hope for in the next decade?

Geoff Mulgan will talk about theories and tools for collective intelligence: what is the state of knowledge and what could we hope for in the next decade? The talk will cover some of the recent technological tools for decision-making: open data, machine learning, predictive algorithms, crowd-sourcing – and ask: how well are these working, and how much are these transforming the intelligence of organisations and groups? The talk will address the interface between human and machine intelligence; the capacity of computing to transform the many dimensions of human intelligence, from observation and creativity to memory and judgement; and possible research agendas for the future. Nesta is heavily involved in many fields of digital technology application as an investor, grant funder and research organisation – from crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, to open data challenges and a new programme of work on collective intelligence. This talk will stand back and consider the state of theory and practice.