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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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European Countries to Test AI Border Guards

November 1, 2018 Next time you go to Latvia you might be get hassled by a border guard who isn’t even human. The European Union is funding a new pilot project to deploy artificially intelligent border guards at travel checkpoints in three countries to determine whether passengers are telling the truth about their...

U.S. Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test

October 31, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After nearly four years of research and development, the U.S.military is closer to helicopters that can fly themselves through unpredictable terrain and execute difficult missions with virtually no human input. It’s part of the Pentagon’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, or ALIAS, program. Helicopter maker Sikorsky passed a key test...

US Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test

October 30, 2018 After nearly four years of research and development, the U.S. military is closer to helicopters that can fly themselves through unpredictable terrain and execute difficult missions with virtually no human input. It’s part of the Pentagon’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, or ALIAS, program. Helicopter maker Sikorsky passed a key...

Social-Media Companies Are Scanning for Potential Terrorists — Islamic Ones, Anyway

October 30, 2018 Following the politically motivated shooting in Pittsburgh and the mailing of pipe bombs to political officials and journalists across the country, public outcry has risen against social-media companies. Suspected pipe-bomber Cesar Sayoc and Pittsburgh shooting suspect Robert Bowers used various platforms to post content indicating their potential for ideological violence....

This Army Missile Might be the Pentagon’s First Post-INF Weapon

October 26, 2018 Anticipating that the U.S. may pull out of the INF treaty with Russia, the Army already has been talking to industry partners about the possibility of extending the range of a key missile they’re developing so that it could travel farther than the treaty's limits allow. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces...

Russian Intel Chief: Internet Should Be Controlled By ‘Proper Authorities’

October 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Fighting terrorism” is how the Kremlin explains its latest effort to broaden its surveillance of Russian society and increase its control over internet content. But the program is also Moscow’s latest step toward digital isolationism. “For us professionals, it has long been obvious that cyberspace should be under the control...

Russian Intel Chief: Internet Should be Controlled By ‘Proper Authorities’

October 22, 2018 “Fighting terrorism” is how the Kremlin explains its latest effort to broaden its surveillance of Russian society and increase its control over internet content. But the program is also Moscow’s latest step toward digital isolationism. “For us professionals, it has long been obvious that cyberspace should be under the control...

DHS Downplays Report That Data Thieves Are Selling Millions of Voters’ Data

October 17, 2018 Various data on up to 35 million U.S. voters as many as 19 states is for sale online, according to a new report from a pair of cyber security research firms. But the Department of Homeland Security says that’s nothing new: much of the data is either public or available...

China’s Moon Missions Could Threaten U.S. Satellites: Pentagon

October 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China’s lunar probes may one day threaten critical U.S.satellites, said one of the military’s top experts on space threats. “We’ve seen [reports] in open press…that say the Chinese have a relay satellite flying around…the flipside of the moon. That’s very telling to us,” Jeff Gossel, the senior intelligence engineer in...

China’s Moon Missions Could Threaten U.S. Satellites: Pentagon

October 17, 2018 China's lunar probes may one day threaten critical U.S. satellites, said one of the military’s top experts on space threats. “We’ve seen [reports] in open press…that say the Chinese have a relay satellite flying around…the flipside of the moon. That’s very telling to us,” Jeff Gossel, the senior intelligence engineer...