Artificial Swarm Intelligence (ASI) is a method for amplifying the collective intelligence of human groups by connecting networked participants into real-time systems modeled after natural swarms and moderated by AI algorithms. ASI has been shown to amplify performance in a wide range of tasks, from forecasting financial markets to prioritizing conflicting objectives. This study explores the ability of ASI systems to amplify the social intelligence of small teams. A set of 61 teams, each of 3 to 6 members, was administered a standard social sensitivity test —"Reading the Mind in the Eyes” or RME. Subjects took the test both as individuals and as ASI systems (i.e. “swarms”). The average individual scored 24 of 35 correct (32% error) on the RME test, while the average ASI swarm scored 30 of 35 correct (15% error). Statistical analysis found that the groups working as ASI swarms had significantly higher social sensitivity than individuals working alone or groups working together by plurality vote (p<0.001). This suggests that when groups reach decisions as real-time ASI swarms, they make better use of their social intelligence than when working alone or by traditional group vote.


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URL: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/it_fac/104