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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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When Military Robots Can Predict Your Next Move

October 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Years from now, when a robot outdraws you in a gunfight, a 2015 algorithm may be the reason why. The algorithm, by two University of Illinois researchers, opens the door to software that can guess where a person is headed—reaching for a gun, steering a car into armored gate—milliseconds before...

The Military Is Creating Vampire Drones That Die in the Sun

October 9, 2015 It’s a giver’s problem. The drone you just sent to drop vital medical supplies to refuges fleeing the war is intercepted by opposing forces. Now, jihadists are making YouTube videos of themselves ripping apart your secret military equipment like they’re tearing open shiny packages. To solve the problem and address...

When Military Robots Can Predict Your Next Move

October 8, 2015 Years from now, when a robot outdraws you in a gunfight, a 2015 algorithm may be the reason why. The algorithm, by two University of Illinois researchers, opens the door to software that can guess where a person is headed—reaching for a gun, steering a car into armored gate—milliseconds before...

Talking Helmets and Base-Building Robots: The Army's 3-D Printing Future

October 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you go by the Hype Cycle — Gartner’s annual tech-buzz assessment — then consumer 3D printing is about to tumble from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment,” part of the coming five- to 10-year slog to the practical applications that await atop the “plateau of...

Lasers Could Be Coming To The F-35

October 6, 2015 Lockheed Martin’s new modular fiber lasers now convert fully 40 percent of input energy to output, which means that — along with advances in manufacturing, targeting, and size-weight-power minimization — the company’s now talking about putting a laser weapon on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. “We are absolutely looking at...

U.S. Commander in Afghanistan: Now Is Not the Time to Leave

October 6, 2015 Last year, when President Barack Obama established the goal of reducing U.S. presence in Afghanistan to an embassy force by the end of 2016, the situation was very different — and now the White House is thinking about staying longer, Gen. John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee today....

Talking Helmets and Robot Builders: The Army's Future of 3D Printing

October 5, 2015 If you go by the Hype Cycle — Gartner’s annual tech-buzz assessment — then consumer 3D printing is about to tumble from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment,” part of the coming five- to 10-year slog to the practical applications that await atop the “plateau of...

Pentagon: Afghans Called In Deadly Strike on Hospital

October 5, 2015 At 2:08 a.m. on October 3, the fog of war and misguided fire from an AC-130 gunship killed 22 people at a hospital in Kunduz, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan told reporters Monday. “Afghan forces advised they were taking fire,” said Gen. John Campbell, who leads the International...

For Years, the Pentagon Hooked Everything to the Internet. Now, It’s a ‘Big, Big Problem’

October 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once upon a time, very smart people in the Pentagon believed that connecting sensitive networks, expensive equipment, and powerful weapons to the open Internet was a swell idea. This ubiquitous connectivity among devices and objects — what we now call the Internet of Things — would allow them to collect...

Meet the Man Reinventing CIA for the Big Data Era

October 1, 2015 The CIA will stand up its new Directorate for Digital Innovation on Thursday. It's the first directorate the agency has added since 1963 and the biggest change to America’s key spy service since before the moon landing. The new office will look beyond the spycraft of today to the very...