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Critical Conversations Meeting Six: Online Stupidity, Why Conversations Fail at Scale

Thu 4 April 2024 @ 19 h 00 - 20 h 30

Meeting six of Critical Conversations, an expert-led discussion series that allows Library members to ponder the most important issues of our time. This season: a reflection on how we can save democracy, drawing on history, systems mapping, and the emerging science of collective intelligence.

The problems of our century demand collective intelligence, and yet the rise of social media seems to bring nothing but collective stupidity. Why do social media apps and online forums seem to bring out our most extreme, gullible or trivial qualities? Could we redesign them to turn “groupthink” into large-scale, participatory problem-solving?

Readings to prepare:

Some details: Whether in France or America, debate is central to healthy democracy. Critical  Conversations encourages both disagreement and agreement through thinking, talking,  reading, and actively participating in community. Since the series’ inception in 2020, we have tackled race in America, the climate crisis, migration, and technology. Across seasons, participants have challenged themselves, their peers, and the world in which we live. 

Please write to programs@americanlibraryinparis.org with any questions or thoughts.

About Critical Conversations: Whether in France or America, debate is central to healthy democracy. Critical Conversations encourages both disagreement and agreement through thinking, talking, reading, and actively participating in community. Since the series’ inception in 2020, we have tackled race in America, the climate crisis, and migration. Across seasons, participants have challenged themselves, their peers, and the world in which we live.

About the Critical Conversations 2023-24 leaders:

Prof. Lex Paulson is Executive Director of the UM6P School of Collective Intelligence (Morocco) and lectures in advocacy at Sciences Po-Paris. Trained in classics and community organizing, he served as mobilization strategist for the campaigns of Barack Obama in 2008 and Emmanuel Macron in 2017. He served as legislative counsel in the 111th U.S. Congress (2009-2011), organized on six U.S. presidential campaigns, and has worked to advance democratic innovation at the European Commission and in India, Tunisia, Egypt, Uganda, Senegal, Czech Republic and Ukraine. He is author of Cicero and the People’s Will: Philosophy and Power at the End of the Roman Republic, from Cambridge University Press, and is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Collective Intelligence for Democracy and Governance.

Prof. Mark Klein is a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, serves as a professor and Senior Scientific Advisor at the UM6P School of Collective Intelligence, and Chief Scientist at HiveWise Inc, a startup in the collective intelligence space. His research draws from such fields as artificial intelligence, social computing, economics, operations research, and complexity science to develop and evaluate computer technologies that enable greater ‘collective intelligence’ in large groups faced with complex decisions. He has over 180 publications in these areas, and has served on the editorial boards of many prominent journals and conferences related to AI and social computing.

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Date:
Thu 4 April 2024
Time:
19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 min
Event Category:
Critical Conversations Meeting Six: Online Stupidity, Why Conversations Fail at Scale
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