hive mind

noun
\ ˈhīv-ˌmīnd How to pronounce hive mind (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hivemind

Definition of hive mind

1 : the collective mental activity expressed in the complex, coordinated behavior of a colony of social insects (such as bees or ants) regarded as comparable to a single mind controlling the behavior of an individual organism The tiny bees in a hive are more or less unaware of their colony, but their collective hive mind transcends their small bee minds.— Sven Birkerts and Kevin Kelly
2 : the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people (such as Internet users) regarded as functioning together as a single mind … Mindy Kaling asks her Twitter followers for the best dinner spots in cities she's visiting. Generally, people trust that feedback from the hive mind is correct and well-informed.— Sarah Z. Wexler While the building was being renovated, Jackson and his wife turned the design of the studio kitchen over to the hive mind of the staff.— Mark Healy … It's just not rational to believe that people are able to read, let alone understand, all the privacy policies …. Instead, users now rely on the Internet hivemind to know if a particularly egregious privacy change is afoot.— Andrea Peterson

Examples of hive mind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the astronauts is now a host for the Sequids, a symbiotic alien hive mind that just needs a host to activate its catastrophic power. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021 At first glance, social media was deliberately designed to trigger the hyperactive hive mind. Nish Acharya, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 The process helps winnow the field of competing films for upcoming awards shows, a kind of hive mind forming around the season’s leading contenders. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021 And then, just as quickly, Twitter’s hive mind swarmed onto its next viral cause, the Ice Bucket Challenge, and never returned. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 20 Feb. 2021 But then the hive mind of TikTok swarmed, as fans and collaborators contributed extensions and overlays to a project that wasn’t yet a project. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2021 For Covid-19, a kind of medical hive mind is on the case. Michael Smith, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2020 There are other ways to stay up to date on current events without relying on the hive mind. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, 20 Apr. 2020 How exactly does a piece of music seemingly disappear from public consciousness, bypassing the hive mind that is the internet? Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hive mind

1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hive mind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hive%20mind. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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