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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor 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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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...

White House Speeds Up Decisions on Disclosing Dangerous Software Bugs

November 16, 2017 The White House is speeding up and bringing more agencies into the discussions about what to do when NSA or CIA finds a vulnerability in software. Announced Nov. 15, the new approach is being praised by cyber security experts and lawmakers as a better way to share such information both...

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

November 16, 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 new information warfare era. In one corner, you have commanders like Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone. The head of U.S. Army...

China and the CIA Are Competing to Fund Silicon Valley’s AI Startups

November 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A trio of new investments in Silicon Valley machine-learning startups shows that the U.S. intelligence community is deeply interested in artificial intelligence. But China is investing even more in these kinds of U.S. companies, and that has experts and intelligence officials worried. Founded to foster new technology for spies, the...