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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 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 ...

Simulating War Might Be the Best Way to Prevent One

July 14, 2014 ORLANDO, Fla. -- The soldier of the future will fight hundreds of wars in virtual worlds before ever firing a shot in a real conflict. But is it possible to simulate an entire war in order to determine, in advance, who would win and whether the benefits would merit the ...

The Revolution Will Be Streamed!

July 9, 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 ...

If You Do This, the NSA Will Spy on You

July 7, 2014 Worried about the NSA monitoring you? If you take certain steps to mask your identity online, such as using the encryption service TOR, or even investigating an alternative to the buggy Windows operating system, you’re all but asking for “deep” monitoring by the NSA. TOR is an encryption network developed ...

Why the U.N. Is Likely Underestimating the Iraq Death Toll

July 3, 2014 Last week, United Nations officials said that the recent fighting between ISIL militants and Iraq forces had resulted in near 1,000 deaths since the start of June. That number is likely an underestimation according to Columbia University epidemiologist Leslie Roberts, who has seen this before. After the 2003 American invasion ...

The Military Is Already Using Facebook to Track Your Mood

July 2, 2014 Critics have targeted a recent study on how emotions spread on the popular social network site Facebook, complaining that some 600,000 Facebook users did not know that they were taking part in an experiment. Somewhat more disturbing, the researchers deliberately manipulated users’ feelings to measure an effect called emotional contagion. ...