hive mind

\ 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 For Covid-19, a kind of medical hive mind is on the case. Michael Smith, Fortune, "How doctors are using social media to develop coronavirus treatments in real time," 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, "How to read the news without doom scrolling through social media," 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, "Two tech giants, once bitter enemies, are cooperating in the wake of coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Or, in other words, is the writing process for popular fiction somehow shaped by the hive mind of an audience? Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "A Nimble, Disorienting Conversation: Sally Rooney and Ben Lerner Talk The Topeka School," 4 Oct. 2019 People can become possessed by dark external forces that absorb them into one diseased hive mind. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 Protesters have instead been taking cues from online forums and social media, working more like a hive mind. Ryan Ho Kilpatrick, Los Angeles Times, "Hong Kong’s leaderless protest movement put to the test with arrest of prominent activists," 30 Aug. 2019 Perhaps our hive mind compels us to look the other way, to avoid too many questions, to not think about how many other cells contain secret worlds of wealth, deceit and violence. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein Chose New Mexico for a Reason," 15 Aug. 2019 The other difference between the human world and this alternate dimension is that all the living organisms in the Upside Down are connected by a hive mind called The Mind Flayer. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Is the Upside Down and How Did Will Byers Get There?," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of hive mind

1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hive mind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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