Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late…

– Jonathan Swift

The Global Brain algorithm converts a social network into a distributed brain, where groups of individuals act like neurons that process information and pass it on to others, resulting in a whole that is more intelligent than the individual human parts.

The algorithm works by identifying information that is likely to change minds, and modeling how those changes propagate through the network. It then uses this information to focus attention on posts that reduce “cognitive dissonance” – difference of opinion due to people being exposed to different information.

The result is a social protocol that drives productive conversations, maximizes the flow of useful and reliable information, reduces the flow of misinformation, and increases human alignment.

This document contains write-ups and explanations on the Global Brain algorithm developed by the social protocols organization. This is a living document and the information in it may become outdated fast because the algorithm is still under active development. Nonetheless, we try to maintain up-to-date explanations of our ideas here.

We will introduce the building blocks of our algorithms: simple, but important concepts which make up the foundation of the components from which the new platform is built.

A proof of concept of this algorithm is being developed in The Social Network of the Future.

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