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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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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...

The Military Now Has X-Ray Guns

June 22, 2014 Superman had X-ray vision. Now, so does the United States military, in the form of an X-ray gun that can see through fabric, rubber and aluminum to find drugs, money, explosive liquids and even people. The recently released X-ray gun is the first device of its kind that a soldier...

The Government Probably Has More Photos of You Than of ISIL's Leader

June 19, 2014 In 2005, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the man today considered the leader of the Islamic State of Syria in the Levant, or ISIL, fell into the custody of United States forces in Iraq. A U.S. soldier subjected him to a finger and iris scan using the Biometrics Automated Toolsets System or...

The Pros and Cons of U.S. Drone Strikes in Iraq

June 13, 2014 On Friday, President Barack Obama ruled out sending U.S. troops back into Iraq to fight the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, or ISIS, fighters as they take over large areas of the country. He did leave the door open to a set of nebulously named “other options.” What form...

How the Pentagon Can Track the Taliban 5

June 11, 2014 Critics on Capitol Hill and across the country have called the swap of five Taliban prisoners for one American soldier a bad bargain. The alleged terrorist leaders released from Guantanamo Bay (first to Qatar but eventually back to Afghanistan) could disappear back into the fight and kill American forces and...

Snowden’s Legislative Legacy: A Bill That No One Likes

June 6, 2014 A year after Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald launched Edward Snowden into the annals of history, the most significant change in law to result from the leaks may be a bill that actually weakens consumer privacy while hurting intelligence gathering for national security. Lawmakers on Thursday held an open hearing on...

This Is What the Future of Manned Space Flight Looks Like

May 30, 2014 The future called from California on Thursday night and wants its spaceship back. Billionaire, inventor and Silicon Valley superstar Elon Musk appeared before an audience of cheering fans and a lot of cameras to debut the newest version of his Dragon space craft, a sleek and modern-looking capsule dubbed Dragon...