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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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Google DeepMind Researchers Join Pledge Not to Work in Lethal AI

July 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 2,400 people at 160-plus tech companies, including the founders and top researchers at Google’s DeepMind subsidiary, have signed a pledge not to work on autonomous weapons. Their vow is contained in a July 18 letter to “governments and government leaders” that asks for “strong international norms, regulations and...

After Secret Trump Meeting, Russia Offers to Resume Military Relations

July 18, 2018 Russia is all set to warm up military-to-military relations with the United States, pursuant to the agreement reached Monday between the countries’ presidents. That’s what a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday — surprising officials at the Pentagon, who were still waiting to hear what came out of the...

DARPA Plans Bugbot ‘Olympics’ to Foster Breakthrough in Tiny Machines

July 18, 2018 Swarms of micro-robots have been a staple of science fiction since Stanisław Lem’s classic 1964 evolutionary tale The Invincible. The U.S. military has been studying “insect cyborgs” since 2006, but has struggled to build tiny machines that can do useful things without a power cord. On Tuesday, the Defense Advanced...

Google DeepMind Researchers Join Pledge Not to Work in Lethal AI

July 18, 2018 More than 2,400 people at 160-plus tech companies, including the founders and top researchers at Google’s DeepMind subsidiary, have signed a pledge not to work on autonomous weapons. Their vow is contained in a July 18 letter to “governments and government leaders” that asks for “strong international norms, regulations and...

Russia’s Foreign-Software Approval Service Helps Military Hackers: Report

July 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When international hardware and software vendors come to Russia seeking sales, they must open up their wares for inspection by the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control, or FSTEC, a Russian agency ostensibly set up to warn government and private-sector users about bugs and other vulnerabilities. But a new...

Russia’s Foreign-Software Approval Service Helps Military Hackers: Report

July 16, 2018 When international hardware and software vendors come to Russia seeking sales, they must open up their wares for inspection by the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control, or FSTEC, a Russian agency ostensibly set up to warn government and private-sector users about bugs and other vulnerabilities. But a new...

U.S. Plans ‘Continuous Evaluation’ of New and Existing Security Clearances

July 13, 2018 When the Pentagon starts handling all federal security clearances this fall, it will usher in a brand-new approach to figuring out who can be trusted with dangerous secrets. Whereas the Office of Personnel Management performed an initial background check on individuals who requested clearances, then reviewed its findings every five...

US Plans ‘Continuous Evaluation’ of New and Existing Security Clearances

July 12, 2018 When the Pentagon starts handling all federal security clearances this fall, it will usher in a brand-new approach to figuring out who can be trusted with dangerous secrets. Whereas the Office of Personnel Management performed an initial background check on individuals who requested clearances, then reviewed its findings every five...

China, Russia, and the U.S. Are All Building Centers for Military AI

July 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia and the United States are moving closer to opening their own centers for military-related research into artificial intelligence, as China did in the spring of last year. But the three governments have differing approaches. The U.S. Joint Artificial Intelligence Center aims to apply lessons from an Air Force pilot...

China, Russia, and the US Are All Building Centers for Military AI

July 11, 2018 Russia and the United States are moving closer to opening their own centers for military-related research into artificial intelligence, as China did in the spring of last year. But the three governments have differing approaches. The U.S. Joint Artificial Intelligence Center aims to apply lessons from an Air Force pilot...