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Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist, where he served for nine years. Tucker's writing on emerging technology also has appeared in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine and Utne Reader among other publications.
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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Predict the Next Bin Laden

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How do you predict the terror leader of the future? In sort of the same way you can predict what happens next on Game of Thrones: applied statistics. A research team from the University of Maryland has devised a system to predict the top three players (out of hundreds) most ...

How 'Game of Thrones' Will Predict the Next Bin Laden

July 29, 2014 How do you predict the terror leader of the future? In sort of the same way you can predict what happens next on Game of Thrones, applied statistics. A research team from the University of Maryland has devised a system to predict the top three players (out of hundreds) most ...

The CIA Fears the Internet of Things

July 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The major themes defining geo-security for the coming decades were explored at a forum on “The Future of Warfare” at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, moderated by Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron. Dawn Meyerriecks, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s directorate of science and technology, said ...

The CIA Fears the Internet of Things

July 24, 2014 The major themes defining geo-security for the coming decades were explored at a forum on “The Future of Warfare” at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, moderated by Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron. Dawn Meyerriecks, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s directorate of science and technology, said ...

America's Top Threats in Space Are Lasers and Nukes

July 24, 2014 The U.S. thought it won the space race long ago, but no victory lasts forever. On Tuesday, Gen. William Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, speaking at the Atlantic Council, said that U.S. dominance in space will be confronted by some real threats in the years ahead. When ...

How Technology Is Unraveling the Clues of Flight MH17

July 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Over the weekend, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy turned into a “Law and Order” episode on the international stage with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on Fox News and other outlets to make a systemic case against Russia, prompting Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace to observe that Kerry ...

How Technology Is Unraveling the Clues of Flight MH17

July 21, 2014 Over the weekend, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy turned into a “Law and Order” episode on the international stage with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on Fox News and other outlets to make a systemic case against Russia, prompting Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace to observe that Kerry ...

This Scientist Explains Why Israel's Iron Dome Is Overrated

July 18, 2014 The Iron Dome may have more than a few cracks. Israel’s claims about the anti-rocket shield’s effectiveness, specifically that it is able to intercept 90 percent of the rockets that Hamas has sent into Israel, are tantamount to fraud according to MIT science, technology and national security expert Ted Postol. ...

Could a Brain Scan Protect U.S. Troops from Insider Attacks?

July 15, 2014 A Pentagon report, revealed by The New York Times over the weekend, showed that the American troops working alongside Iraqi forces were at risk of harm from Sunni extremists who had infiltrated the Iraqi Army (and, perhaps, from the pro-Iranian Shiite militias that effectively are the Army.) On Monday, Rear ...

The Revolution Will Be Streamed

July 15, 2014 In 1988, a scientist at Xerox PARC named Mark D. Weiser put forward a novel vision for the future. Computer hardware, he said, would migrate from deskbound PCs to pads, boards, and “smart” systems that were part of the physical environment. The term Weiser gave this new sensing environment was ...