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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 U.S. Military Wants Giant Transformer Robot Subs

May 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DENVER, Colorado — Want to de-mine a patch of ocean floor in hostile waters, deposit classified payloads off an enemy coast, shut off a broken oil valve, or just fight krakens? Texas-based startup Houston Mechatronics on Tuesday unveiled a giant, transforming robotic submarine, partially backed by the Defense Department, for...

The US Military Wants Giant Transformer Robot Subs

May 1, 2018 DENVER, Colorado — Want to de-mine a patch of ocean floor in hostile waters, deposit classified payloads off an enemy coast, shut off a broken oil valve, or just fight krakens? Texas-based startup Houston Mechatronics on Tuesday unveiled a giant, transforming robotic submarine, partially backed by the Defense Department, for...

The Pentagon’s New R&D Chief Has a Mandate for Change

April 27, 2018 The U.S. Defense Department is “organizing now for an an expeditious, output-oriented, exploration in research of...advanced technologies” to get emerging technologies like hypersonics, artificial intelligence, and directed energy into the field faster, Defense Secretary James Mattis testified on Thursday. His new undersecretary for research and engineering, Michael Griffin, has the...

The Pentagon’s New R&D Chief Has a Mandate for Change

April 26, 2018 The U.S. Defense Department is “organizing now for an an expeditious, output-oriented, exploration in research of...advanced technologies” to get emerging technologies like hypersonics, artificial intelligence, and directed energy into the field faster, Defense Secretary James Mattis testified on Thursday. His new undersecretary for research and engineering, Michael Griffin, has the...

The Pentagon Is Making a Ray Gun to Stop Truck Attacks

April 26, 2018 The van driver who killed 10 Toronto pedestrians on Monday showed that a terror technique that ISIS pioneered in Iraq and Syria in 2015 remains terrifyingly effective against unsuspecting urban populations. But the U.S. military is working on a new weapon to stop vehicle-born terrorist threats, one that could help...

The Designer of Russia’s First Armed Drone Is Under Arrest

April 25, 2018 The Elon Musk of Russian drones is under arrest in Tatarstan, charged with fraud — a situation that some observers say has the look of a shakedown. Either way, the unusual case could slow the Russian military’s UAV ambitions. On April 16, local law enforcement in Tatarstan arrested Alexander Gomzin,...

The Pentagon Is Making a Ray Gun to Stop Truck Attacks

April 24, 2018 The van driver who killed 10 Toronto pedestrians on Monday showed that a terror technique that ISIS pioneered in Iraq and Syria in 2015 remains terrifyingly effective against unsuspecting urban populations. But the U.S. military is working on a new weapon to stop vehicle-born terrorist threats, one that could help...

Experts Say AI Could Raise the Risks of Nuclear War

April 24, 2018 Artificial intelligence could destabilize the delicate balance of nuclear deterrence, inching the world closer to catastrophe, according to a working group of experts convened by RAND. New smarter, faster intelligence analysis from AI agents, combined with more sensor and open-source data, could convince countries that their nuclear capability is increasingly...

Experts Say AI Could Raise the Risks of Nuclear War

April 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Artificial intelligence could destabilize the delicate balance of nuclear deterrence, inching the world closer to catastrophe, according to a working group of experts convened by RAND. New smarter, faster intelligence analysis from AI agents, combined with more sensor and open-source data, could convince countries that their nuclear capability is increasingly...