FRAMINGHAM (10/06/2003) - Our world is becoming a smarter place. We have smart phones, smart cards and smart bombs, where once we had only stupid phones, idiot cards and really dopey bombs. This unprecedented surge in smartness, however, applies only to inanimate objects and has avoided humans altogether. In fact, as our high-tech devices have grown smarter, we've become much more dim-witted. These two trends, I hasten to add, are not unrelated.