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The theme of this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was "The Fourth Industrial Revolution". The subtitle should have been: "Of Robots and Refugees". Although many of the panels focused on the technological marvels of the near future, others highlighted the world's inability to address one of humanity's oldest problems: how to feed, house and succor large populations driven by conflict from their homes and countries.Many of the real refugees are living in a world that is barely through the Second Industrial Revolution.Yet the majority of the million refugees flooding into Europe this past summer – primarily from Syria – had access to that "ubiquitous and mobile Internet" that is part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The question remains, however, whether robots or gene sequencing or microsensors can help refugees integrate into European societies that are increasingly hostile to them, or else help them get back home.No technology can overcome some governments' lack of political will to hold other governments to account.
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