I read with great interest recently that former Vice President Al Gore will be the featured speaker at this year’s IASA Annual Conference and Business Show. As you may know, I am no fan of Gore’s manipulation and magnification of science when it comes to climate change, but I did see this as a unique opportunity to hear his views first-hand, and perhaps to get in a question or two.

Then I saw the topic of Gore’s keynote address and did a double take. It seems that instead of a lecture on climate change, which I’m sure would be of interest to insurers who must regularly weigh weather-related risks, he is calling on his heritage as “inventor of the Internet” to speak to us about “The Democratization of Technology.” The talk, IASA tells us, will be about “technological advancement and the potential of user involvement.” Gore will identify “key opportunities and challenges, charting a new digital society.”

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