Summary of the chapter “Collective Intelligence”, of Cyberculture, by Pierre Lévy

A collective intelligence is still something to be amazed at, since technologies multiply rapidly and it is impossible to follow such advances in real time, but Lévy (1999, p.33) states that this speed can be a benefit to a society when “ the better the appropriation, per person and by groups, the lesser and the less are the effects of exclusion or human destruction resulting from the acceleration of technological movement.”

Another point cited by the author is that cyberspace, coming from collective intelligence, is a privileged factor of it: “Researchers and students from all over the world exchange ideas, articles, images, experiences or observations in electronic conferences organized according to the specific interests. helps a novice while another specialist in the initiative, in turn, in a field in which he has less knowledge … “(LÉVY, P. 1999, p.31)

Lévy also lists some factors that may arise from the frequent use of cyberspace as dependence, the appearance of rumors, fatigue due to excessive use and exposure to numerous situations, which is understood to happen once it is shared the software data becomes a routine like Facebook, for example. It is what is more a participation rate in cyberculture if we do not want to be left behind “(LÉVY, 1999).

Finally, Pierre tells how cyberculture can be socially a remedy for technological problems and also a poison for those who do not have it. A remedy, because it presents antidotes and a coexistence that may not happen to the virtual and a poison, because those who do not live in it are excluded.


LÉVY, Pierre. CIBERCULTURA, 1999. Disponível em <> Acessado em: 29.agosto.2017

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