Artificial Intelligence Is Scary __ What About Artificial Stupidity?

It’s absolutely amazing what robots can do these days. Artificial intelligence is the dream of many scientists. Many people find the idea of a machines with a computerized control system that approximates the human brain very frightening and threatening. That’s understandable. But, I wonder if people have considered how much more frightening and threatening artificial stupidity is. As a humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in, my observations lead me to conclude that artificial stupidity was developed and inflicted upon humanity several decades ago. The evidence is overwhelming. The extreme levels of stupidity that are clearly observable wherever one looks in this asylum can not be natural in nature. If it were natural, the human race would have gone extinct thousands of years ago.

Although extreme unnatural stupidity exists in every walk of life, nowhere is it more prevalent and in-your-face than in the field of politics. Think about it. Take, for example, Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Boehner, and John McClain just to name a few. No body could be that stupid naturally. It’s not possible that they were born that stupid. They are all too lazy to have gotten that stupid through hard work. The only explanation we are left with is that they are the product of Artificial Stupidity.

The list of extremely stupid politicians is very long. And, the scariest thing is that the electorate keeps reelecting them. How stupid is that?

The voters, at least when it comes to presidential elections, were always so stupid. It use to be common that when they elected someone who turned out to be a bad president, the voters would correct their errors. In my life time there are several examples of this:  Lyndon Johnson was pressured not to run for another term, Richard Nixon resigned under pressure, the electorate refused to reelect a Marxist peanut farmer from Georgia to a second term, and the voters refused to reelect “read my lips” Bush I to a second term.

Then something changed! Artificial Stupidity apparently overwhelmed the electorate. Since Bush I was sent packing, American voters gave two terms to Bill Clinton, a renowned sexual predator with zero integrity and then they gave two terms to Bush II, a dim bulb who never saw a war he didn’t like and now they have given two terms to Barack Obama, the most clueless inept president in American history.

I don’t know how this Artificial Stupidity thing works. I suspect that some mad scientist in the sixties, while high on LSD, invented a pathogen that he released into the atmosphere infecting every human on the planet. In 50% of the cases, the people’s immune system was able to fight off this diabolical pathogen, but in the other 50%…..

By the way, there is nothing artificial about my stupidity.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?







9 thoughts on “Artificial Intelligence Is Scary __ What About Artificial Stupidity?

  1. Jim: As I read your article, I found myself disagreeing with you, sometimes in a semantical way, and sometimes from an historical viewpoint. Usually, I will agree with your major points, disagreeing only occasionally with minor stuff. I have to credit this difference to my career which was primarily in sales and sales management, dealing in a number of occasions with some pretty disgusting people. This includes customers and competitors. The major lesson, here, is to not under-estimate the people on the other side of the table.

    1. Oops! Damned computer jumped off the table and made me post a partial comment.

      Anyway, Pelosi and Reid seem to be the epitome of empty suits. However, no matter how uninformed they are in economics, arithmetic, and other disciplines you and I take for granted, they are well versed in the art of politics and power. We cannot forget that. Pelosi is a dumb broad, but she is rich and powerful. Don’t take that for granted. She didn’t get there for being stupid. Ignorance is not the same as stupidity.

      I totally disagree with your opinion about G W Bush. He was not the greatest President in history, but he is a leader of men. He got Congressional approval and UN approval for his actions. His world view was based on protecting our country. We could use some more G W Bush right now. Leadership is non-existent in the White House.

      I know you didn’t like where Bush was taking the nation, but he is a leader and understood volumes about international problems and domestic economics. Remember, Bush is a Harvard MBA and was a successful business man, even though he had family help. We all should have such families.

      Obama does not have an MBA, just a law degree with no recognizable experience. He is in the process of defining an institutional stupidity that I think you were talking about. I don’t think stupidity is artificial, we have to work at it.

      1. Heh! No problem, Bob. I don’t expect people to agree with me all of the time. I do hope you realize there was a fair bit of tongue-in-cheek in this post. As for G. W. Bush, we will have to agree to disagree.

  2. Yeah, Jim. The back and forth banter is as much fun as writing the article. Keep up your good stuff. I will see if I can find something else with which to disagree.

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