hive mind

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noun \ ˈhīv-ˌmīnd \
variants: or less commonly hivemind
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

First Known Use of hive mind

1958


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