Katherine NoyesSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers enterprise software in all its forms, with an emphasis on cloud computing, big data, analytics and artificial intelligence.

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Internet of pants? This ultrathin thread could make your clothes part of the IoT

Your clothes could one day monitor your fitness levels or boost your smartphone reception thanks to a new technique that uses ultrathin electronic thread to embroider circuits into fabric.

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This big-data startup combines AI with human savvy to help make sense of your data

Spare5 on Wednesday released a new platform that applies a combination of human insight and machine learning to help companies make sense of unstructured data.

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'Your face is big data:' The title of this photographer's experiment says it all

Got privacy? You may think you do, but a recent experiment by a Russian photographer suggests otherwise.

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IBM puts Watson to work on cancer with new patient-advisor tool

IBM on Tuesday announced a new weapon in the battle against cancer that will put Watson to work in a new way.

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'May I help you, human?': This robot wants to help you shop

SoftBank's Pepper robot may still be the better-known contender, but a new humanoid device from Hitachi aims to be the in-store sales rep of the future.

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Support for SQL Server 2005 ends Tuesday - are you ready?

There will be no more updates from Microsoft, so staying with the software could open you up to a host of risks.

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Diamonds may be quantum computing's new best friend

MIT researchers have announced a new approach that uses diamonds to solve a tricky problem with quantum computers.

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That moment when you realize you're exchanging emails with a robot

Next time you try to schedule a meeting with someone and an assistant named Amy or Andrew Ingram sets up the logistics, here's a pro tip: You may be chatting with a robot.

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AI just 3D printed a brand-new Rembrandt, and it's shockingly good

There's already plenty of angst out there about the prospect of jobs lost to AI, but this week, artists got a fresh reason to be concerned.

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The rise of the citizen data scientist

Empowering businesspeople to perform their own analyses can free up highly trained data scientists to focus on the things that require their expertise.

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With this new 3D printing technique, robots can 'practically walk right out of the printer'

Imagine you could use a standard 3D printer to create your next robotic assistant. Just snap in a motor and battery, and it's ready to go. That's precisely the scenario made possible by a new 3D printing technique developed at MIT.

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Your next Hyundai may be a 'high-performing computer on wheels'

Hyundai is working on a new connected car that will tap big data and analytics for proactive service and constant connection.

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Salesforce buys AI specialist MetaMind to avoid being ‘flanked'

Salesforce's automation efforts got a big boost Monday with news that it is acquiring AI startup MetaMind.

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What will it take to make AI sound human?

Conversation fillers such as "hmm" and "uh-huh" may seem like insignificant parts of human conversation, but they're critical to improving communication between humans and artificial intelligence. So argues Alan Black, a professor in the Language Technologies Institute at the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, who specializes in speech synthesis and ways to make artificially intelligent speech sound more real.

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Meet Robocar, the driverless racing car for the AI-powered Roborace

Late last year Formula E announced Roborace, its first racing series for driverless cars, and this week it unveiled the AI-powered vehicle competitors will use in what it calls a "battle of algorithms."