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A computer monitor displays a map available on the Strava website in Washington on Jan. 29. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Spies Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fitbit

The debate over whether fitness trackers should be allowed in sensitive areas has dragged on for years.

A U.S. Air Force 'Reaper' drone passes a C-130 cargo plane at an airbase in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 7, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)

America’s Military Is Choking on Old Technology

As its rivals invest in new military hardware, Washington is stuck refurbishing obsolete equipment.

The International Space Station is in orbit around the earth on December 14, 2006. (NASA/Getty)

Shake-Up at Pentagon Intelligence Agency Sparks Concern

The director of the agency responsible for analyzing satellite imagery says he wants to modernize the work. Some employees fear they’re being replaced by artificial intelligence.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

How Washington Helps Tehran Control the Internet

Meant to hurt the regime, U.S. sanctions actually make it easier for the mullahs to crack down on dissent online.

U.S. navy aircraft on the deck of the USS Enterprise on the first day of the Battle of Midway.

The Quantum Gap with China

China has ramped up its investment in developing quantum technologies, but few understand the impacts of losing this modern-day space race.

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, left, speaks to Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman at the Halifax International Security Forum on Nov. 18. (Halifax International Security Forum)

‘Quantum Computing … Changes Everything’

Google’s Eric Schmidt talks to Foreign Policy about the future of technology, security, and killer robots.

The United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.  (Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

It’s the Beginning of the End of the Internet’s Legal Immunity

Congress is starting to chip away at tech companies’ claims that they're just "platforms".

A plaque of the Department of Defense seal is seen January 26, 2012 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Nominates Robotics Promoter for Army Procurement Position

The latest pick rose to fame pushing new technologies in Afghanistan

An Iranian Shahed 129 drone displayed during celebrations in Tehran marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11, 2016. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Drone Tech May Include Help From Iran

Russia is behind the United States but trying to catch up.

The X-51A Waverider is a hypersonic vehicle designed to ride on its own shockwave and travel at speeds of up to Mach 6.

Report: Hypersonic Missiles Could Trigger a War

With these new weapons, countries might become “trigger-happy.”

NINGBO, CHINA - FEBRUARY 18:  (CHINA OUT) Finished inflatable sex dolls are stored in a warehouse at the Jiamei plastic toy factory on February 18, 2012 in Ningbo, China. The Jiamei plastic toy company, based in the suburb of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, produces cheap sex dolls at an average price of 100RMB (15.80 USD), and has done so for several years. According to the company, more than 50,000 sex dolls are sold to the domestic market in Japan and Korea each year. (Photo by Kevin Zen/Getty Images)

Sex Dolls Are Replacing China’s Missing Women

The country's gender gap has left young men desperate for high-tech alternatives.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 02:  Erik Prince, chairman of the Prince Group, LLC and Blackwater USA, holds up a picture showing the affect of a car bomb while testifying during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill October 2, 2007 in Washington DC. The committee is hearing testimony from officials regarding private security contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Why Is Erik Prince Backing a Secure Communications Company?

America’s most notorious security contractor is quietly investing in privacy apps.

"Han the Robot" waits on stage before a discussion about the future of humanity in a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017.
Artificial intelligence is the dominant theme at this year's sprawling RISE tech conference at the city's harbourfront convention centre, but the live robot exchange took the AI debate to another level. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE        (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Using America’s Own Plan to Dominate the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The Chinese are massively investing in AI research and tech, while the Trump administration is cutting federal programs wholesale.

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