Evolution of ARM: Up Next, Collaborative Intelligence

The way we use words and phrases changes as our knowledge about the world around us evolves. For example, the first use of the term “gluten-free” appeared in 1927. Over the next 80 years, numerous studies about celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity emerged. And in 2013, almost 90 years after the term was first used, the FDA finally issued rules for labeling gluten-free food items.   

Such is the trajectory of language: Words and phrases enter our linguistic periphery before they enter our lexicons with their usage finally solidified and agreed upon — at least for a moment. 

The term “collaborative intelligence” is no exception. The concept originated in 1959, with Oliver Selfridge’s famous Pandemonium: A Paradigm for Learning, but the term itself only became more widely used and accepted following the coining of another, related term in 1994: collective intelligence. 

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