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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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FDA Guidelines Thwart Ebola Screening at U.S. Hospitals

October 17, 2014 Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has an Ebola screening machine—the kind the military is using to quickly diagnose the virus in Africa—that could have flagged the cases in Texas much more quickly, but FDA guidelines prevent hospitals from using the machines to actually screen for Ebola. It’s a toaster-sized box called...

Dallas Hospital Had the Ebola Screening Machine That the Military Is Using in Africa

October 16, 2014 This story has been updated. The military is using an Ebola screening machine that could have diagnosed the Ebola cases in Texas far faster, but government guidelines prevent hospitals from using it to actually screen for Ebola. It’s a toaster-sized box called FilmArray, produced by a company called BioFire, a...

This Could Be the Future of Battlefield Robotics

October 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The floor of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., was an obstacle course this week, as the Association of the United States Army convention brought together, among other defense contractors, various robot makers from around to demo their goods to military leaders and the curious. Piloting systems...

This Could Be the Future of Battlefield Robotics

October 15, 2014 The floor of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., was an obstacle course this week, as the Association of the United States Army convention brought together, among other defense contractors, various robot makers from around to demo their goods to military leaders and the curious. Piloting systems...

This Is How America's Spies Could Detect Lying in the Future

October 10, 2014 Polygraph-based lie detection technology remains the standard method of deceit spotting in the government. MRI-based lie detection systems are better, so long as you can get the person you are evaluating over to a huge neural imager and can afford $2,600 per scan. But what the national security community has...

The CDC Is Relying on People To Tell the Truth About Contact with Ebola

October 8, 2014 People traveling to the United States from West Africa through five of the nation’s busiest airports could now face temperature screening and enhanced questioning. The additional screenings at New York’s JFK Airport this weekend and then Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare, as well as Atlanta and Newark shortly after...

Inside the Navy’s Secret Swarm Robot Experiment

October 5, 2014 It’s August on Virginia's James River and a secret military exercise is about to make history. A large ship that the Navy sometimes calls a high-value unit, HVU, is making its way down the river’s thalweg, escorted by 13 small guard boats. Between them, they carry a variety of payloads,...

House Intel Chief Wants To Increase Cyber Attacks Against Russia

October 2, 2014 The United States should be conducting more disruptive cyber attacks against nations like Russia, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “I don’t think we are using all of our cyber-capability to disrupt” actors in Russia targeting U.S. interests, he said at The Washington Post’s...

This Could Be the Navy SEAL's Boat of Tomorrow

October 1, 2014 A boat that water skis on torpedoes could offer a Learjet-like ride for Navy SEAL teams moving into rough enemy waters. It may also prove to be a more stable platform for next-generation weapons systems like the Navy’s direct energy gun (or laser) that target better on stable seas. One...

This Site Tracks the Guns Going Into Syria

September 27, 2014 The scene is a battlefield in Syria. A group of Kurdish People’s Protection, known as YPG, forces have just pushed a unit of Islamic State, or ISIL, fighters into retreat. As the Kurds move in to secure the hard-won territory, they are followed by two British weapons monitors armed only...