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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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AI Program Beats Humans On College Acceptance Test

December 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Artificial intelligence—the kind where robots understand a wide number of human concepts—has been a military focus for decades, and scientists in Japan may have just made a college-ready AI. For the first time, a Japanese artificial intelligence program has scored above average on a national standardized college entry exam, performing...

AI Program Beats Humans On College Acceptance Test

December 1, 2015 Artificial intelligence—the kind where robots understand a wide number of human concepts—has been a military focus for decades, and scientists in Japan may have just made a college-ready AI. For the first time, a Japanese artificial intelligence program has scored above average on a national standardized college entry exam, performing...

Why Your Plane Can’t Have An Escape Pod

November 24, 2015 Terrorism fears prompted the United States government to issue a rare (and infuriatingly unspecific) worldwide travel alert yesterday. Assuming the world is not anxious to spend more time waiting in line to have their belongings X-rayed, is there any way to make planes themselves safer from terrorists? Yes. But some...

Can the U.S. Military Construct a Disaster-Resilient City?

November 24, 2015 There’s no such thing as a simple disaster. Take the 2011 tsunami that swept across eastern Japan. As a wall of water moved toward low-lying towns and villages, people attempted to flee in cars — and drowned in massive traffic jams. The floods decimated infrastructure and roads, hindering rescue and...

Can the Military Design a Disaster-Resilient City?

November 23, 2015 There’s no such thing as a simple disaster. Take the 2011 tsunami that swept across eastern Japan. As a wall of water moved toward low-lying towns and villages, people attempted to flee in cars — and drowned in massive traffic jams. The floods decimated infrastructure and roads, hindering rescue and...

The US Is Relying on Iraqis to Keep Tabs on ISIS Bomb Technology

November 23, 2015 The Paris bombings sent shivers through law-enforcement agencies around the world — but to Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, they’re just another innovation by skilled ISIS bombmakers. As head of the Pentagon’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, or JIDA, Shields tracks such developments — and is rushing to help Iraqi Security Forces...

This Tool Could Sniff Out a Paris Bomb More Than a Football Field Away

November 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Parisian police moved in to apprehend people suspected of launching last week’s terror attacks, a suspect detonated a suicide-bomb vest. The recent appearance of such weapons in Western cities has alarmed many in law enforcement. One positive outcome of the military’s extensive experience with such devices is a new...

This Tool Could Sniff Out a Paris Bomb More Than a Football Field Away

November 19, 2015 As Parisian police moved in to apprehend people suspected of launching last week’s terror attacks, a suspect detonated a suicide-bomb vest. The recent appearance of such weapons in Western cities has alarmed many in law enforcement. One positive outcome of the military’s extensive experience with such devices is a new...

Meet the New Head of the Pentagon’s Digital Service Team

November 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is standing up a Defense Digital Service, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today. Modeled on the White House’s own agile cadre of technology wizards, the DOD DDS will be a small team of engineers and data experts meant to “improve the department’s technological agility and solve its most...

Meet the Head of the Pentagon’s Agile New Digital Team

November 18, 2015 The Pentagon is standing up a Defense Digital Service, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today. Modeled on the White House’s own agile cadre of technology wizards, the DoD DDS will be a small team of engineers and data experts meant to “improve the Department's technological agility and solve its most...