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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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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....

A Breakthrough in the Checkered History Of Brain Hacking

July 1, 2014 Scientists funded by the Defense Department have just announced a breakthrough that could allow researchers to create in 220 days an extremely detailed picture of the brain that previously would have taken 80 years of scans to complete. The military has been looking to build better brain hacks for decades...

How the Fukushima Disaster Is Changing the Future of Robotics

June 27, 2014 Next June, several robotics teams will converge on a testing ground at the Fairplex facility in Pomona, California, to compete in the American Idol of robot contests, the DARPA Robotics Challenge finals. It’s a massive effort to rapidly advance the field of search and rescue machines and owes much of...

The Military Is About to Get New Spy Glasses

June 25, 2014 Getting secret information to specific people, like the location of the nearest nuclear power plant, in a way that doesn’t draw attention from outside is a classic spy problem. Another one is giving agents the ability to match names to faces in the real world, at blackjack tables and fancy...