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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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Putin to Ukraine: We Will Accept the Legitimacy of Your Illegitimate Election

May 23, 2014 Russia will accept the legitimacy of Sunday’s presidential election in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin said in a CNBC interview on Friday. “I’m not kidding and I’m not being ironic,” Putin assured CNBC correspondent Geoff Cutmore. “What we want for Ukraine is peace and calm. We want this country to recover from...

Four DARPA Projects That Could Be Bigger Than The Internet

May 20, 2014 Forty years ago, a group of researchers with military money set out to test the wacky idea of making computers talk to one another in a new way, using digital information packets that could be traded among multiple machines rather than telephonic, point-to-point circuit relays. The project, called ARPANET, went...

Now The Military Is Going To Build Robots That Have Morals

May 13, 2014 Are robots capable of moral or ethical reasoning? It’s no longer just a question for tenured philosophy professors or Hollywood directors. This week, it’s a question being put to the United Nations. The Office of Naval Research will award $7.5 million in grant money over five years to university researchers...

What the Most Secure Email in the Universe Would Look Like

May 12, 2014 Say you wanted to send an email more secure than any message that had ever been transmitted in human history, a message with absolutely no chance of being intercepted. How would you do it? You may have encrypted your message according to the highest standards, but encryption doesn’t guarantee secrecy....

Around Government

May 9, 2014 Spidey’s Speedy Delivery The U.S. Postal Service spins a partnership with Spider-Man to pitch Priority Mail. By Eric Katz It’s the old Hollywood trope: While teetering on the edge of disaster, a superhero swoops in at the last possible moment to save the day. In this case, however, the thing...

As Debate Goes On, the Military Prepares for Climate Change

May 7, 2014 The White House released its National Climate Assessment this week, a 1,100 page document by more than 300 experts examining the effects of man-made climate change on various aspects of American life. While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and that human factors are largely...

Every Country Will Have Armed Drones Within 10 Years

May 6, 2014 Virtually every country on Earth will be able to build or acquire drones capable of firing missiles within the next ten years. Armed aerial drones will be used for targeted killings, terrorism and the government suppression of civil unrest. What’s worse, say experts, it’s too late for the United States...

We’re Saved! Experts Show How to Fix U.S. Cybersecurity

May 4, 2014 The date is April 4, 2015. A major cyberattack hits two generators in Florida, knocking out power in the cities of Coral Springs and St. Augustine, leading to multiple deaths and millions of dollars lost. One month later, Congress has to get a bill to the president to fix the...

White House Looks Toward a Big Data Future

May 1, 2014 The White House released an extensive report (PDF) Thursday looking at the future of big data, its potential benefits, and implications for privacy and discrimination. John Podesta, a special advisor to the Obama administration who led the Big Data and Privacy Working Group, which released the report, told reporters that...

Future Planes Could Run on Fuel Made from Sunlight

April 29, 2014 The cost of fuel is no small barrier to running the world's largest military. Among the alternative options, solar power just doesn't provide the energy density or the reliability for heavy, high-energy demand performance machines. But that doesn't mean you can't run an F-35 off of sunlight, in a way....