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Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace

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The number of travelers along the information superhighway is increasing at a rate of 10 percent a month. How will this communications revolution affect our culture and society? Pierre Lévy shows how the unfettered exchange of ideas in cyberspace has the potential to liberate us from the social and political hierarchies that have stood in the way of mankind's ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 10th 1999 by Basic Books (first published 1994)
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David Šír
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
How to rate this in 2018? The 90s optimistic spirit may seem from our perspective too naive, sad or even repulsive concerning the fact things didn't go so well with the internet and collective intelligence. Or it can, on the contrary, be exactly THE book to read today, in our dark times: to once again ignite the utopian spirit, backward understand the possibilities people were hoping for when internet was starting, and that were largely forgotten. It worked for me in this way. Levy ...more
Kevin Fodness
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Lévy has some excellent criticisms of current modes of governance, mainly centering around the fact that the world is changing too fast for current modes of governance to be able to keep up with. He advocates digitally mediated direct democracy using cyberspace technologies, which is not without its set of problems. However, the book was written in 1994, before the world wide web explosion, so I have to give him a little slack here.

Much of the book was written in this lofty, ethereal style that
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Sarah Sammis
I came across Collective Intelligence by Pierre Lévy in my research for the Patron 2.0 paper. It was cited in Henry Jenkins's book, Fans, Bloggers and Gamers. Although the book was written in 1997, well before the advent of social media, the theory is solid and completely applicable to the discussion of Web 2.0.

Lévy begins his discussion with books. The written word is humanity's first and longest lived way of generating collective intelligence. Libraries are repositories of knowledge waiting to
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Emanuela
Stupisce questo saggio a vent'anni dalla pubblicazione.
Sembra di aver vissuto con la percezione latente che tutto quello che Lévy ha scritto si stava avverando. Non è ancora una percezione endemica, ma girano da tempo nell'aria le sue affermazioni come la più famosa "società della conoscenza".

Tra i capitolo quello che mi ha stupito di più è sicuramente il quinto: "Coreografia dei corpi angelici" dove l'autore fa un parallelo con le teorie di Avicenna. Fantasioso ma efficace. E' così.
Ancora.
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Leonardo
Dec 28, 2015 marked it as to-keep-reference
Del mismo modo que la modernización en la era previa, la posmodernización o informatización hoy marcan un nuevo modo de volverse humano. En lo que a la producción del alma concierne, como diría Musil, uno debe reemplazar las técnicas tradicionales de las máquinas industriales con la inteligencia cibernética de las tecnologías de la información y comunicación. Debemos inventar lo que Pierre Levy denomina una antropología del ciberespacio.

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Cameron
Nov 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: finished
too much gobblygook.....
Alex Whalen
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
You want a French theorists take on how the Internet is changing the world? Its going to be hard to beat this book
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Pierre Lévy (French: [levi]; born 1956 in Tunis) 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.

He introduced the collective intelligence concept in his 1994 book L'intelligence collective: Pour une anthropologie du cyberspace
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