Al Gore: Embedded tech can help heal the Earth

An article in LinuxDevices by Chris Preimesberger talks about a keynote by former Vice President Al Gore told Embedded Systems Conference. I have an obvious question: who gets to write software and/or choose what "intelligence" is embedded in these devices.

He joked that "We are now embedding more and more intelligence into everything -- with the exception of public policy", not realizing that software is itself a form of policy and needs to be analysed that way. Given Gore's track record with the Clinton-era National Information Infrastructure that lead to the legalization and legal protection of DRM (Lock down hardware against the interests of their owners), I suspect Gore's ideas will again backfire and cause more harm than good.