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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 for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.
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A Breakthrough in Soft Robot Muscles, Funded by the Military

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Back-flipping robots made of metal and other hard materials may be a big hit on YouTube, but future military robots may need appendages that are far softer, stronger and flexible — more like natural muscle tissue. Funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a team of researchers...

Russia Will Build Its Own Internet Directory, Citing US Information Warfare

November 28, 2017 The Russian government will build an “independent internet” for use by itself, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa — the so-called BRICS nations — “in the event of global internet malfunctions,” the Russian news site RT reported on Tuesday. More precisely, Moscow intends to create an alternative to the global...

A Breakthrough in Soft Robot Muscles, Funded by the Military

November 27, 2017 Back-flipping robots made of metal and other hard materials may be a big hit on YouTube, but future military robots may need appendages that are far softer, stronger and flexible — more like natural muscle tissue. Funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a team of researchers...

Russia to the United Nations: Don’t Try to Stop Us From Building Killer Robots

November 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Arms control advocates had reason for hope when scores of countries met at the United Nations in Geneva last week to discuss the future of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS. Unlike previous meetings, this one involved a Group of Governmental Experts, a big bump in diplomatic formality and consequence,...

Russia to the United Nations: Don’t Try to Stop Us From Building Killer Robots

November 21, 2017 Arms control advocates had reason for hope when scores of countries met at the United Nations in Geneva last week to discuss the future of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS. Unlike previous meetings, this one involved a Group of Governmental Experts, a big bump in diplomatic formality and consequence,...

Ukraine Fields an Armed Drone for Use Against Pro-Russian Forces

November 17, 2017 As Congress continues to debate whether to arm Ukraine against Russian-backed forces, the Ukrainian military announced that it would deploy a new tactical drone with a 50-kilogram payload — enough for four bombs or two air-to-ground missiles. The Gorlytsa — “turtledove” in Ukrainian — has a range of more than...

A Fight Is Brewing Between Congress and the Military Over Cyber War

November 17, 2017 U.S. military commanders want more authority to launch cyber operations. But Congress is mulling new restrictions and reporting requirements, setting up a showdown that will shape American defense in the network era. In one corner, you have commanders like Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone. The head of U.S. Army Cyber Command...

A Fight Is Brewing Between Congress and the Military Over Cyber War

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. military commanders want more authority to launch cyber operations. But Congress is mulling new restrictions and reporting requirements, setting up a showdown that will shape American defense in the network era. In one corner, you have commanders like Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone. The head of U.S. Army Cyber Command...

Which Bugs Will Hackers Exploit First? Machine Learning Promises a Better Guess

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The vast majority of the bugs that hackers exploit aren’t fancy zero-days that no one has ever seen or reported. Most are vulnerabilities that have gotten out into the wild and spread via chat rooms and hacker forums on the dark web. Guessing which bugs will cause the most damage...

Which Bugs Will Hackers Exploit First? Machine Learning Promises a Better Guess

November 16, 2017 The vast majority of the bugs that hackers exploit aren’t fancy zero-days that no one has ever seen or reported. Most are vulnerabilities that have gotten out into the wild and spread via chat rooms and hacker forums on the dark web. Guessing which bugs will cause the most damage...