Interview with Santa Monica-based AI entrepreneur Nektar Baziotis
Below is a brief interview with Nektar Baziotis, co-founder and CEO of Apogee information Systems Luxembourg, president of ENKI Inc. Santa Monica California, and the person who inspired Icarus AI Online Training.
- When did you start this project?
In 2002 Markos Giannopoulos (CTO) and I started designing and programming websites for our first clients and launched Apogee in 2005. We quickly expanded our offering to include custom software solutions for our clients. We have finally signed contracts all over Europe in the private and public sectors and have offices in Thessaloniki, Greece, Barcelona, Spain and Luxembourg. Our B2B customers are in over 27 countries.
During this time, I dreamed of creating an online learning system providing objective knowledge, personalized to individual needs. In 2019 we launched the beta of this dream, Icarus AI Online Training. When we started, we could only dream that AI would start to be what it stands for, and not just corresponding algorithms and interpretation of big data analysis. My dream was to better understand the individual needs of the student, but also of the teacher and to provide meaningful cognitive tools to evolve.
- Why did you decide to create Icarus AI?
Once I read:The purpose of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth –JFK”
I had long dreamed of creating an AI-powered e-learning system. I believe we need to prepare the next generation to lead us. We know they have the potential to create a better future. I believe that e-learning is one of the best tools in our arsenal to equip the next generation with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
We can reach remote places and provide equal educational opportunities for all. AI has proven its benefits and added value in many fields, including IT, finance and medicine. I want to take the power of AI and combine it with e-learning to create a superior e-learning system.
- Tell me about some of the features of Icarus AI?
Icarus AI is an innovative and adaptable AI-based online learning system. Using the power of artificial intelligence, Icarus allows users to tailor their online learning experience to their needs. Icarus has a multitude of tools that benefit educators and students. Icarus AI provides users with an intelligent interface and multilingual support in addition to auxiliary learning materials to supplement their knowledge. With features that include profile monitoring, performance analysis, advanced course creation, and video indexing, Icarus AI can help personalize the online learning experience. Icarus’ personalization features help optimize the online learning experience based on cognitive and developmental needs. With Icarus AI, we put education first, using AI to build the future of personalized learning for everyone.
- What is the mission of Icarus AI in one sentence?
Icarusmission is to Aalways Iinnovate in Online learning.
- Where do you see Icarus AI in the future?
Our system helps colleges, universities, organizations and multinational companies cover their e-learning needs worldwide.
In addition, we create several series of online courses on a wide variety of subjects. We work with experts in the field to develop courses based on relevant material to teach people the skills they need to start their business and progress in their career goals. Examples include our investing course taught by Brian McMahon, founder and CEO of DOJO expert. Brian is one of our trusted partners who specializes in helping entrepreneurs grow their business through peer-to-peer coaching. Plus, we have professors from the US and EU covering a wide range of courses from nanotechnology to sales to technical writing.
Our goal is to make Icarus AI E-Learning a comprehensive marketplace capable of meeting all e-learning needs and providing opportunities for education and growth.