Samuel Wollenberg had kindly shared the slides for his presentation yesterday on the work of the Digital Public Square at the Munk School:
Join us for our monthly seminar meeting with a presentation on collective intelligence by Ian Miller followed by a group discussion.
Ian described his research as follows:
I take the perspective that social phenomena can be modelled with the use of computational agents, and that psychology provides models of agent behaviour. Agents may be connected through a variety of networks that provide mediated vectors of transmission. In the particular case of online information networks, we observe nonlinear transmission phenomena in which memes (a unit of cultural reproduction) spread as a social information epidemic. Online memes are a mechanism for agents to message and influence one another, providing a social coordination function. My work therefore uses social agents who transmit memes to model and explore social phenomena.
In this talk, I will discuss several recent studies, including:
– 2016 US presidential candidates and the memes created about them
– urban legend transmission
– the influence of Individuals and Organizations in open source software
– a computer simulation of the human population
– the research literature of social psychology and artificial intelligence
We are an interdisciplinary network of researchers with a shared interest in topics concerning the relationship between the Internet and society. Because more and more of our daily lives are affected by technology, technological development and social change are increasingly intertwined. Addressing questions around these changes in turn requires expertise from more than one discipline. That is why our aim is to share expertise, give each other feedback on research projects or ideas and establish dialogue that reaches across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Our members include scholars from computer science, information science, psychology, sociology and political science and we currently hold monthly seminar meetings where people present finished projects or ask for feedback on initial ideas. These meetings are open to anyone interested and will be announced on the website.