AI-generated art, created by Laura Egley Taylor using Diffusion Bee

June 20-22, 2023


What is the nature of intelligence in social insect societies, adaptive matter, groups of cells like brains, sports teams, and AI, and how does it arise in these seemingly different kinds of collectives? 

The Symposium & Short Course will search for unifying principles in collective intelligence by tackling its foundations, and explore radical ideas for harnessing collective potential. The event will begin with a broad discussion of first-principles approaches from the physical and natural sciences for deriving group performance from microscopic, individual-level behavior and interactions. Participants will debate the most promising measures of intelligence across systems and consider the dynamics of collective intelligence in changing environments. Finally, we will explore radical ideas for harnessing collective intelligence in human and hybrid systems and invite scholars, artists, writers, musicians, actors, directors, dancers, and inventors, in addition to scientists, to participate in this discussion.

The window for in-person application is now closed. Virtual registration ($100) is still open, via the blue button to the right. Virtual participants will be provided with a zoom link to live stream all of the lectures and discussions, and will have access to recordings after the conference, a digital collection of selected posters, and links to resource papers and slideshows.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Iain CouzinIain CouzinDirector at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
Anthony EaganAnthony EaganResearch Fellow at the SFI
James EvansJames EvansProfessor of Sociology + Director, Knowledge Lab, at the University of Chicago; External Professor at SFI
Nikta FakhriNikta FakhriAssociate Professor in the Department of Physics at MIT
Mirta GalesicMirta GalesicProfessor at the Santa Fe Institute
David HaDavid
Cesar HidalgoCesar HidalgoDirector at the Center for Collective Learning at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Institute of the University of Toulouse
Chris KempesChris KempesProfessor + Science Steering Committee Member at SFI
David KrakauerDavid KrakauerPresident + William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at SFI
Melanie MitchellMelanie MitchellProfessor, Science Board Co-Chair + Science Steering Committee Member at SFI
Orit PelegOrit PelegExternal Professor
Maxim RaginskyMaxim RaginskyProfessor and William L. Everitt Fellow
Godfrey ReggioGodfrey ReggioFilmmaker
Guy TheraulazGuy TheraulazCNRS Research Director
Geoffrey WestGeoffrey WestPast President, Shannan Distinguished Professor + Science Steering Committee Member at SFI
Andrea WulfAndrea WulfMiller Scholar 2019 & 2022



The Collective Intelligence: Foundations + Radical Ideas Symposium & Short Course is sponsored by the Miller Omega Program, with additional support from the McKinnon Family Foundation and SFI Science.