A LOT OF PEOPLE THESE DAYS FEAR the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI), not only the prospect of it taking over jobs previously performed just by humans, but the scary, science fiction depiction of AI-driven robots, lacking emotions and the vulnerability of human beings, taking over the world. Yet there is something that I fear more than artificial intelligence; it is artificial stupidity. This results from the failure of our educational system to teach students HOW to think. Instead, they are being programmed as to WHAT to think. It’s not just the school system either. It is the parents, indoctrinating their kids into the same prejudices and idiocy they exhibit. Where do you think the second grader learned about the ‘N’ word? His parents. Political and cultural bias fed into the home via the television and one-sided news programming infects the entire family and generational dumbness survives to perpetuate the inability to separate fact from fiction. The latest ploy to protect the continuation of artificial stupidity is the effort by various state governments to limit the subject matter of what educators can even talk about. We make the very existence of such things as racial prejudice disappear by making the mention of it illegal. We create the existence of voter fraud by repeating the words over and over again, even though no evidence exists to support the claim. It’s GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.