Weekend quote – Daniel C. Dennett and Deb Roy


June 5, 2015
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote
Just as ant colonies can do things that individual ants cannot, human organizations can also transcend the abilities of individuals, giving rise to superhuman memories, beliefs, plans, actions — perhaps even superhuman values.

For better or for worse, however, we are on an evolutionary course to rein in our superhuman organizations by holding them accountable to individual human standards. This self-regulating dynamic, enabled by accelerating human-machine communicative capabilities, is as unique to our species as human language itself.
2nd quote
From March 2015 issue of Scientific American (link)