Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Imagining a future where new skills are no help

Andrew Haldane, the Bank of England's chief economist, said that jobs at risk from automation total about 80 million in the US and about 15 million in the UK.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 November, 2015 14:00

Tags: Bank of England, job loss, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence

With a torrent of weather data, IBM hopes to know the world

IBM's deal to buy The Weather Company adds to its cognitive computing capabilities something IBM really needs -- data.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 November, 2015 14:12

Tags: IBM

Meet the virtual woman who may take your job

Amelia is IPsoft's artificial intelligence platform. It has an ability to understand things in context and engage with the listener. Most importantly, Amelia is real enough to take your job.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 October, 2015 23:51

Tags: artificial intelligence

Machines are replacing writers, Gartner says

According to Gartner's annual top-10 list of strategic predictions, robots, robotic systems and automation will have an expanding role.

Memo to Carly: HP is shifting more work offshore

Carly Fiorina was crisp, sharp and quick in the Republican presidential debate -- all characteristics that helped her become Hewlett-Packard's CEO from 1999 to 2005. But she also used her opportunity before a national audience to distort her history at HP by omitting key facts.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 September, 2015 22:33

Tags: HP

Cloud computing, data center consolidations save feds $3.6B

A five-year-old effort by the U.S. government to cut IT costs through data center consolidations, cloud computing and other technology changes appears to be paying off.

Steve Jobs' legacy cited in California’s Syrian refugee debate

The legacy of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lives on in many ways, most recently in the debate over the fate of Syrian refugees in California.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 September, 2015 00:27

Tags: Apple

Mother Nature teaches Google a lesson

Four successive lightning strikes on a local utility grid in Europe caused a data loss at Google's Belgium data center.

Working STEM students may be forced to leave U.S. next year, says court

A federal judge made a ruling this week that could force tens of thousands of foreign workers, many of whom are employed at tech companies on student visas, to return to their home countries early next year.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 August, 2015 06:10

Tags: services, Department of Homeland Security, Option, outsourcing, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, H-1B, IT outsourcing

A new tool for pricing used IT equipment

An electronics recycler has created an IT products database representing 9,000 manufacturers and 11 million equipment models. The products range from consumer to business equipment, such as network storage devices, routers, switches, as well as servers, PCs and office machines.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 August, 2015 00:14

Tags: Arrow Electronics, ebay, sage, IT management, sustainable IT

Lawmakers propose new visa for foreign tech entrepreneurs

Two U.S. House Democrats are proposing a new visa for immigrants who can obtain "significant" venture capital funding for a business, or can otherwise establish a business that creates some jobs.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 August, 2015 23:12

Tags: IT industry, Sena, H-1B, government

Computer fires requiring a 911 call rare

Computer fires severe enough to prompt a 911 call are so unusual that when it does happen, local media sometimes makes note of it. That was the case in Arlington, Va., recently, when firefighters found a computer burning on the balcony of an apartment complex.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 July, 2015 05:29

Tags: Arlington County Fire Dept., computer hardware, hardware systems

The worst thing about tech bubbles isn't what you may think

You may recall how the last tech bubble 15 years ago resulted in staggering market losses, numerous failed start-ups and increasing IT unemployment. Less noticed was the bubble's eerie correlation to undergraduate enrollments in computer science.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 July, 2015 20:10

Tags: IT industry, ASDA, SnapChat, education, Airbnb, FedEx, netflix, industry verticals, Target, whirlpool

Woman recruited by Google four times and rejected, joins suit

There was something about Cheryl Fillekes that Google really liked. Over a seven-year period, Fillekes was contacted by Google recruiters four different times for jobs. In each case, she did well enough in the phone interviews to get an invitation for an in-person interview.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 July, 2015 06:49

Tags: University of Chicago, EE, Google, IT careers, careers, IT management, Oppo

Some enterprise users feel neglected by Apple

As use of Apple products expands in the enterprise, IT managers say Apple's interest in helping them comes up short. It can even be a little strange.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 July, 2015 00:08

Tags: business issues, Apple, apple mac

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