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What's Changing? - Intelligence



Please see below selected recent intelligence-related change. 


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September 2021


August 2021

  • The Economist analysed the power of open-source intelligence. New sensors, from dashboard cameras to satellites, are examining the planet and its people as never before. Hobbyists and experts use information from these resources to solve riddles and unearth misdeeds at speed. Satellite imagery is being used to document ethnic cleansing. Photographs are yielding geographical clues that help stop the trafficking of children. Nanosatellites are tracking boats that fish illegally. The decentralised and egalitarian nature of open-source intelligence erodes the power of traditional arbiters of truth and falsehood, in particular of governments and their spies and soldiers. 


June 2021

  • An article in the Financial Times argued that ‘anthropological intelligence’ is a vital and often overlooked tool for solving many of the problems that humans face, from protecting internet users from misinformation to helping software engineers make group decisions. Taking the time to listen deeply and widely to other people, with the diligence and curiosity of an anthropologist studying a remote far-flung community, can help us see beyond the narrow lens of polls and surveys.


March 2021

  • Emotional intelligence is now widely accepted as a crucial aspect of successful leadership, with emotionally intelligent leaders seen as being better able to provide the kind of psychologically safe environments that encourage the best from their team. Research from Cambridge Judge Business School revealed that emotionally intelligent leaders are also ideal for innovation to flourish. The research, which involved around 15,000 workers, found that supervisors with high levels of emotional intelligence created opportunities for growth among employees, which in turn supported their creativity.


October 2020

  • Fungi force us to reconsider what intelligence means. It’s an emotive, slippery and in many ways unhelpful word - for many people it is synonymous with sentience or consciousness, while at the same time being notoriously hard to measure even within a given species, let alone to compare across the species divide. Many animal behaviourists prefer instead to speak of cognition: the neural processes that govern behaviour. But that generally assumes a brain, or at least a nervous system. Plants and fungi have neither. What they do share in common with us and other “higher” animals is a system of branching filaments that act as conduits for signals of some kind - signals that put cells and tissues here in touch with those there


June 2020

  • Economic growth will also depend heavily on the speed at which we can find a vaccine, manufacture it at scale and make it globally accessible. The World Health Organisation initiative to ensure worldwide sharing of all Covid-19-related knowledge, data and technologies by making a pool of Covid-19 patent licences freely available to all countries is a great move in this direction. The virus can only be defeated with truly collective intelligence, economist Mariana Mazzucato told the Financial Times. 


May 2019

  • Society prizes intelligence. Geniuses are often viewed with awe and assumed to be guaranteed prosperity and success. Yet there is a dark side to intelligence. Many gifted children's childhood can often be unhappy. For example, Mensa is an international organisation founded in Britain in 1946 to nurture the country’s most intelligent people. However when an Economist reporter put out a request via Mensa to hear from gifted children and their parents, her inbox filled with emails, many of them anguished


August 2018


July 2018