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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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NSA Chief: Yes, We Still Have Friends

September 16, 2014 Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said the Obama administration’s controversial spying programs have not cost the country friends or allies either in the technology industry or abroad. Indeed, the agency shows no signs of slowing down at all. “I fundamentally ...

The Islamic State Is Losing the Twitter War

September 12, 2014 The following post has been updated. Earlier this week, the president reiterated the administration’s ultimate objective toward the Islamic State: airstrikes and partner support “to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group.” But one former IS safe haven may have already been reclaimed: the social networking site Twitter. It’s a ...

The Military Just Asked Harvard To Make Them a Spider-Man Suit

September 11, 2014 The average spider can stay perched in a web for long hours waiting for prey and can lift eight times its own body weight. The average soldier – cannot. The military is trying to change that with help from scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, called on ...

The Military Wants a Vehicle That Can Dodge Rockets By Itself

September 9, 2014 The year is 2020; the setting, a battlefield in the Middle East. An armored Army vehicle bounds over low dunes on its way to a checkpoint when a local tribal leader fires a shoulder-mounted missile directly at the fast-moving truck. The targeting is dead on and the missile is moving ...

The FCC Website Will Likely Crash on Wednesday

September 9, 2014 On Wednesday, the Federal Communication Commission will likely experience a rather unfortunate and completely preventable public relations disaster. A massive traffic influx, coupled with a coordinated distributed denial of service, or DDoS attack, is expected to prevent users from accessing the FCC’s web site. The attack is part of a ...

Around Government

September 9, 2014 Bravery in the Bureaucracy Making the right decision isn’t the hard part, agency leaders say, it’s having the guts to follow through. By Charles S. Clark Newscaster Dan Rather was famous in the 1980s for signing off the evening news with a simple word: courage. He may have been onto ...

Social Media’s Very Arab Future

September 8, 2014 The future of Twitter, YouTube and a variety of other social networks is going to look and sound a lot more Arabic in the years ahead, at least according to data on Twitter usage across the Arabic-speaking world. And if current trends continue, the emerging Arabic social media landscape will ...

Who Defends the Virtual Countries of Tomorrow?

September 5, 2014 Does a virtual country still need real military protection? And if so, who provides it? Short answer: Yes, and the United States. President Barack Obama made a visit to Estonia on Wednesday where he praised the country’s government in unsubtle terms as a core NATO ally. “As a high-tech leader, ...

Actual Telepathy Is One Step Closer to the Battlefield

September 2, 2014 Forget battlefield smartphones; the future of soldier-to-soldier communication may be electronic telepathy. A group of researchers in Europe have developed what they are calling the first “human brain-to-brain interface,” allowing people to communicate telepathically through the Internet without a surgical implant, bringing us closer to the day when soldiers behind ...

Could Cop Cams Have Prevented the Rise of the Islamic State?

August 22, 2014 Taser CEO Rick Smith is looking to expand sales of Taser products to the military, and not just their legendary stun guns, but also officer-mounted cameras and even cloud data services. He’s also looking to get them not just into the hands of U.S. soldiers, but also the foreign soldiers ...