Powering Collective Human Intelligence

Pierre Lévy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Inventor of Information Economy Meta Language (IEML) participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Powering Collective Human Intelligence”.


While the very nature of human mind and the science of individual human intelligence is difficult to understand, there is an intense effort going on to build collective human intelligence powered by connected computers and machine intelligence. Since the efforts are towards creating collective human intelligence on the back of collective machine intelligence, the collective human brain that is forming, will likely have unmatched ability to design, modify and build even better forms of intelligence in the coming years.

Since there will likely be no limits to collective machine intelligence, there is a great hope that , there will likely be no limits to intelligence and innovation, progress and advancement for humans.

It is the collective human intelligence powered by collective machine intelligence that will help us create the worlds, that never were, in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).

So, in the coming years, as we integrate human intelligence with massive machine intelligence, then our relationship with everything on earth and beyond, in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) enhances, amplifies and fundamentally changes. The coming revolution and evolution of intelligence raises profound implications for the future of the collective human experience and endeavors in cyberspace, geospace and space.

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Technology Powered Evolutionary Journey Towards Mutualistic NGIOA Symbiosis

Knowing how to power collective human intelligence is perhaps one of the biggest question we face today. Having said that, as we witness unprecedented advances in information, communication, digitization technologies along with convergence of technological advances in processing power, interconnectivity, data storage, virtual reality, blockchain, natural language technologies and more; what does these advances means for collective human intelligence?

It is important to evaluate this further.

Today, individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations, academia (NGIOA) stand on the brink of a technological tsunami in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS). This is fundamentally altering the way each component of a nation lives, work, and communicate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the technology revolution triggered transformation across CGS is unlike anything NGIOA or humankind has experienced before in any of its prior technological revolutions. The speed of the current ideas, innovations, technology and breakthroughs has no historical precedent and is fundamentally disrupting almost every component of a nation: its government, industries, organizations and academia. In addition, the breadth, depth and impact of these changes herald the transformation of entire interconnected and interdependent systems of socialization, education, innovation, production, management, governance and more. While there is no way to predict just how this technology revolution or evolution will unfold, one thing is clear, the silos are breaking across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA).

  • What impact will we see because of imminent break down in silos?
  • How will it shape the information and intelligence processes, and where will the intelligence evolutionary journey go from here?

Since intelligence evolution gives us new insights for understanding how our social and economic activities should be organized today and for the coming tomorrow, it would be interesting to see how nations re-design and re-define their systems at all levels. Going further, competition and struggle are normal elements of survival and paradigms of our current systems. However, if we look closely the evidence for interaction, interconnection and interdependence within and between NGIOA can be found everywhere. So, the question arises-

  • Is there a need to take a more balanced view of this global reality and understand the emerging trend in the evolution cycle—that is towards mutualistic NGIOA symbiosis, that are based on collaboration, cooperation and collective human intelligence?

Technology Transformation and Potential for Collective Systems

It is becoming increasingly clear that technology is becoming a substitution for all characteristics of human life in cyberspace, geospace and space.

  • So, what happens when technology enables human brain to meet computer brain?
  • How would collective human intelligence, which can also be referred to as “NGIOA symbiotic intelligence” emerge?
  • What factors or variables of collaboration and cooperation will help the NGIOA collective intelligence process?

There is a great hope in the potential for collective human intelligence to be able to create new collaborative organizations and markets.

  • Where will the collaborative organizations provide value based on the collective human intelligence?
  • While collective human intelligence is primarily seen as an initiative in which there is a willingness to share and an openness to the value of distributed intelligence for the common good of humanity, what are the causes affecting collective human intelligence?

Collective Intelligence and Democratization of Information

Collective human intelligence is basically becoming an alternative source of knowledge power. So the question is,

  • Is the role of collective intelligence becoming vital for democratization of information?

Knowledge Sharing and Connected Computers

From the beginning of times, our early knowledge sharing relied on speech and other social behaviors. However, over the years with advances in technology, the social ecosystem is moving from geospace to cyberspace.

  • It is important to evaluate how will this shift in social ecosystem, augment the capacity for collective intelligence?
  • What role will “connected computers” or machines play in collective knowledge creation, sharing and intelligence?
  • What impact will we see because of connected computers and internet on the human knowledge, information, intelligence and culture?

Semantic Web

  • How will Semantic Web play a role in how the interconnected NGIOA data can be processed by computers/machines on a global scale?

Information Economy Meta Language (IEML)

  • What is IEML?
  • What problems does IEML solve?
  • What applications or tools can be developed with this IEML metalanguage?

While collective intelligence already exists, especially with the internet, it is important to evaluate further-

Shared Organizations

At the rate technology is changing, no individual or entity across NGIOA can fully keep up in the innovations needed to compete. Instead, organizations like Risk Group are drawing on the power of mass collaboration to involve collective participation of the people and talent they could not employ.

  • Will there be rise of similar shared talent organizations for collective knowledge and talent sharing?
  • Will we see new ideas being generated and explored by collaboration of cooperation of individuals and entities from across NGIOA creating opportunities outside the confines of entities or nations?


As humanity’s relationship to knowledge and information changes, it is important that we evaluate security risks emerging because of the profound implications to the future of the collective human experience and endeavors in cyberspace, geospace and space.

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About the Guest

Prof. Pierre Lévy is a French philosopher, cultural theorist and media scholar who specializes in the understanding of the cultural and cognitive implications of digital technologies and the phenomenon of human collective intelligence. Prof. Lévy introduced the collective intelligence concept in his 1994 book L’intelligence collective: Pour une anthropologie du cyberspace (Collective Intelligence: Mankind’s Emerging World in Cyberspace). Prof. Lévy’s 1995 book, Qu’est-ce que le virtuel (translated as Becoming Virtual: Reality in the Digital Age) develops philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s conception of “the virtual” as a dimension of reality that subsists with the actual but is irreducible to it. In 2001, Prof. Lévy wrote the book Cyberculture. Prof. Pierre Lévy currently teaches at the communication department of the University of Ottawa (Canada), where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Collective Intelligence. Prof. Lévy is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received several awards and academic distinctions.

In addition, Prof. Lévy is also a Researcher at CREA – Ecole Polytechnique, Prof. UQAM, Maître de conf Paris-X Nanterre Scientific counsellor and founder Trivium SA (1992-1997), Inventor: Arbres de connaissances, Prof. Paris-8 St Denis, Prof UQTR, Canada Research Chair in Collective Intelligence (2002-2016), Prof. University of Ottawa, Inventor: IEML

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve Global Peace through Risk Management. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared cyber-security, geo-security and space-security risks facing nations today in a digital global age. She believes that the contested commons of cyberspace or space cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries in cyberspace, geospace and space. As security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has launched cyber-security, geo-security and space-security risk research centers that will merge the boundaries of geo-security, cyber-security and space-security.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

Risk Roundup, a global initiative launched by Risk Group, is an integrated cyberspace, geospace, and space (CGS) security risk dialogue for individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA).

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About Risk Group

Risk Group is a strategic security risk research organization. It focuses broadly on the risks facing individuals and entities across nations: its governments, industries, organizations, and academia (in short referred to as NGIOA). Its approach is broad, encircling cyberspace, geospace and space (in short referred to as CGS). It firmly believes that collaboration within, between and across NGIOA will be mutually beneficial to all stakeholders across nations—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical CGS security risks facing one nation, but all nations.

Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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