Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

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.

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.

Machines will learn just like a child, says IBM CEO

Technology is shifting to intelligent machines with a capability to reason, said IBM Chairman and CEO Virginia Rometty at Gartner's Symposium ITxpo. These machines won't replace humans, but will augment them. It is a technology that will transform business, she said.

Increasingly, U.S. IT workers are alleging discrimination

Seven IT workers at Disney are pursuing, or plan to pursue, federal and state discrimination administrative complaints over their layoffs.

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.

More automation, fewer jobs ahead

Report predicts the first robotic pharmacist and many more 'tipping points' in the decade ahead.

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.

The Senate’s unanswered questions about H-1B replacements

Infosys announced it's in the clear with the Department of Labor, but there are bigger questions still at play.

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.

Donald Trump, zingers and all, emerges as sharp H-1B critic

Businessman Donald Trump's plan for the H-1B visa is to make it harder and more expensive for tech companies to replace U.S. workers with foreign help.

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.

As it sets IT layoffs, Citizens Bank shifts work to India via Web

Citizens Bank in Rhode Island has offered its IT employees solid middle-class wages and good benefits, but this slice of the America Dream is ending for many of them.

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.

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.