By Servando Gonzalez
Marzo 17, 2001
was originally published in LewRockwell.com)
According to Moore’s Law, enunciated in
1965 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, the power of computer
processing doubles every 18 months. Based on this assertion, which
has proved to be extremely accurate, some scholars believe that
computers will reach the point where they will be more intelligent
than humans in about twenty years, give or take a couple of years.
Professor Hans Moravec, an eminent roboticist at Carnegie Mellon
University is not that optimistic. He believes that it will take
a little longer for computers to be more intelligent than humans
in all areas of life, from running efficient businesses to writing
surrealist poetry. In his latest book, Robot: Mere Machine
to Transcendent Mind (Oxford University press, 1999), Moravec
predicts that robots will be that advanced by 2040.
With all respect to the experts, however, I have to disagree.
Actually, computers will become more intelligent than humans in
about ten years. But not thanks to Moore’s Law, but because
of a less known one: Servando’s Law.
According to Servando’s Law, since the emergence of widespread
computer use, the level of human stupidity in the United States
has been doubling every 9 months. Therefore, in about ten years
Americans will be so stupid that any computer, even a PC running
Windows, will be more intelligent than any human living in this
Three main things characterize computers: First, they are stupid,
second, they are literal, and, third, they are fast. The fact
that computers are stupid is so obvious that it doesn’t
deserve any serious analysis at all. A computer is a sort of idiot
savant, just a box full of incoherent, dead parts, which need
to be put to life through something called a computer program.
Without a program, a computer is nothing more than an expensive
paperweight; a cranium without a brain.
The fact that they are literal is mostly ignored by the public
at large, though any computer programmer can testify that it is
a lot easier to litter-train your cat than making a computer perform
a task a thousand times simpler. Tell your dog to do something,
and he will do it, then stop and wait for your next order. Tell
a computer through a computer program to "do something,"
forgetting to add a line of code instructing the computer to "stop
doing something" at the end of the code, and the stupid machine
either will crash or fall into an endless loop, repeating the
same action over and over forever.
But computers are fast. In fact they are extremely fast. The latest
desktop models can be a million times faster than a human brain.
That’s why, like people endowed with an eidetic or photographic
memory, computers fool us to believe that they are clever while
in fact they are not. They can recall in a split second a million
times more data than a human being in a year. But, as you can
easily verify by performing a web search, most of the data they
recall is so stupid as to make one laugh. Buy a book about the
Bay of Pigs at the Amazon.com web site, and the computer most
surely will tell you that other people like you have bought similar
books, like Beautiful Caribbean Bays and Feeding Your Pigs the
In honor to truth, however, most of the abilities we attribute
to computers are not the product of computers at all, but of a
non-computer element called the program. The problem with computer
programs is that they are not written by computers, but by humans,
and Servando’s Law inexorably affects all humans without
exception, including (or particularly) computer programmers.
In ancient times, somebody had the idea of giving the moron of
the town a stone and a club to keep him busy. The moron learned
how to hit the stone with the club and had a happy time. Soon
after, people from other towns followed the example. Eventually
the stone evolved into a ball, and morons from different towns
began getting together to hit the balls with their clubs. That’s
how golf was invented. Lately, however, morons don’t play
golf anymore, they learn computer programming. After graduating,
some of them create such jewels like the software who was going
to automatize luggage operations at the new Denver airport, or
marvels like Netscape 6.
Examples that Servando’s Law is in force abound. Have you
noticed that, lately, people are more stupid than ever before?
If you don’t see it, it is because Servando’s Law
is affecting you also. Like the universe, you don’t perceive
that it is expanding because you are expanding with it.
Take a look around. In recent years, the level of incompetence,
ignorance and stupidity, particularly in countries with extensive
computer use, have soared. Go to any store, particularly the large
ones, and ask the employees any question about something they
should know, and you’ll see that I am telling the truth.
Ask your mechanic what’s the problem with your car’s
transmission. Ask your doctor why you are losing your hair. Ask
the technical support guy why your DSL connection quit working
this morning. All of them without an exception, will try to bull
you with apparently complicated answers that are only smoke screens
covering the supine ignorance. Just try, and soon you’ll
verify that I am actually falling short of the mark. Any person
with eyes to see will agree with me that stupidity is on the rise,
particularly in the United States, the country with the most extensive
use of computers in the world.
I’ll bring some facts to support my point. Almost 40 percent
of the graduate students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
are not from the United States. Most graduate physics students
at U.S. schools are not American. Michigan State University reported
last year that of 153 applicants for its graduate program in statistics,
seven were Americans, while 123 were from China. The University
of Tennessee, like most American universities, is desperately
recruiting foreigners, not by choice, but out of necessity to
survive. Currently, 59 percent of its electrical engineering students
are from abroad. About 27 percent of all graduate students in
science and engineering currently enrolled in American universities
are foreigners. Every year, the percentage of Americans enrolling
is falling, while the number of foreigners is climbing.
Chinese, Russian, and Indian immigrants run a quarter of high
tech firms in Silicon Valley. In the past three years, eight of
the eleven U.S. residents who were awarded Nobel prizes in physics
and chemistry were not born in America. An analysis of the countries
of origin of those students and professionals who are doing so
well in America shows a common characteristic: they come from
countries with no extended computer use. They are the product
of a traditional system of education, where discipline, hard work,
and demanding teachers are the norm, not the exception. Moreover,
they are the product of an educational system where computers
play a minimal role, or no role at all. No wonder they are much
better in matters of the intellect than their computer-moronized
A recent report by the California state Legislative Analyst’s
Office states that an alarming number of incoming first year students
entering the California public universities are unprepared for
college-level work. According to the report, one-third of first
year students in the UC sytem are not ready for college. Over
one-third of UC students did not meet the minimum writing proficiency
requirements. This is moderate, however, compared to the California
State University System, in which two-thirds of first year students
are unable to handle university-level material. As you may have
suspected, California is the state with the higher number of computers
per capita, and the strongest in the use of computers in all levels
Is there something you can do to save your small children from
becoming total morons in less than ten years? I think so, but
you need a strong will. First of all, don’t send your children
to the main American moronizing tool: government schools (the
ones most people call "publicschools"). Don’t
even think about sending them to voucher or private schools as
an alternative, because they are already totally contaminated
by the moronizing virus. Home schooling is the only true alternative.
Secondly, trash all computers at home, or keep them locked, out
of the reach of children (believe me, they are more dangerous
than guns!). If you can add to the trash heap all your video games
and tv sets, that will be a big step forward in liberating your
children’s minds from moronizing influences. As a substitute
for video games you can buy for them a chess game, or, even better,
a game of Go, the ancient Asian game of strategy.
Third, replace all the gadgets you have trashed with plenty of
books of all subjects, from poetry and science fiction to chemistry
and math textbooks. Set the example by becoming an avid reader
Finally, buy a musical instrument. A piano, a guitar, or even
a conga drum, will do. Let your children free to experiment with
music by themselves. If they show any musical talent, try to get
a music teacher for them.
If you follow my advice I guarantee that, very soon after they
are not exposed any more to the pernicious effects of Servando’s
Law, you will notice a radical transformation in the behavior
of your children. And, when the time arrives, they will successfully
compete with the foreigners and will be accepted into any college
of their choice.
Servando Gonzalez, is a Cuban-born American writer,
historian, semiologist and intelligence analyst. He has written
books, essays and articles on Latin American history, intelligence,
espionage, and semiotics. Servando is the author of Historia
herética de la revolución fidelista, Observando,
Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol, The
Nuclear Deception: Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis
madre de todas las conspiraciones: Una novela de ideas subversivas,
all available at Amazon.com.
He also hosted the documentaries Treason in America: The Council
on Foreign Relations and Partners in Treason: The CFR-CIA-Castro
Connection, produced by Xzault Media Group of San Leandro,
California, both available at the author's site at http://www.servandogonzalez.org.
His book, Psychological Warfare and the New
World Order: The Secret War Against the American People is
available at Amazon.com.
Or download a
.pdf copy of the book you can read on your computer, iPad,
Nook, Kindle or any other tablet. His book, OBAMANIA:
The New Puppet and His Masters, is available at Amazon.com.
Servando's book (in Spanish) La CIA, Fidel Castro, el Bogotazo
y el Nuevo Orden Mundial, appeared last year, and is available
and other bookstores online.
His most recent book, I
Dare Call It treason: The Council on Foreign Relations and the
Betrayal of the America, juste appeared and is available
at Amazon.com and other bookstores online.