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A ROBOT with an algorithm-based persona is being used to help companies make data-driven decisions in real time. South Australian company Complexica has developed Larry, the Digital Analyst, which is basically a set of algorithms tuned to complex problems to quickly generate answers that would otherwise take people a very long time to work out. Big Data software algorithms are taking decision-making to a new level, delivering solutions and efficiencies like never before. The global Artificial Intelligence market is forecast to exceed USD 5 billion by 2020. Father and son team Matthew Michalewicz and Dr Zbigniew "Mike" Michalewicz, a former professor at the University of Adelaide's School of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence pioneer, started the company in 2014 with software architect Constantin Chiriac.

Machine learning is the new face of enterprise data


While the complexity of the searching and result-ranking technology behind Apple's Siri would likely elude most of its users, the value of a context-sensitive personal assistant certainly has not. Yet while Siri spawned a new generation of anthropomorphic digital assistants, researchers in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking the concept much further to help enterprises catch up to the growth of data. Industrial products distributor Coventry Group is among the latest companies to jump onto the trend. The company, whose fasteners, fluid systems, gasket and hardware divisions collectively employ around 650 people, is working with Adelaide-based data-analytics specialist Complexica to apply that company's AI technology – personified as Larry, the Digital Analyst – to guide decisions around sales and pricing strategies. Introducing Larry – a collection of algorithms delivered on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis via Amazon's cloud – to Coventry's business is a two to four month process that will see the technology finetuned to the company's operating parameters.

Remembering Carter adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski

PBS NewsHour

HARI SREENIVASAN: President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died at the age of 89. For the past four decades, the Polish-born Brzezinski remained an influential voice in U.S. foreign policy. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson has more. MEGAN THOMPSON: As President Carter's national security adviser during the Cold War years, Zbigniew Brzezinski was seen as hawk and he managed crises from the Soviet Union to the Middle East. In a statement today, former President Carter said, "He helped me set vital foreign policy goals, was a source of stimulation for the Departments of Defense and State, and everyone valued his opinion."

Biden Taps Brzezinski Son As Poland Ambassador Amid Reported Row

International Business Times

President Joe Biden nominated Wednesday the son of Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the most prominent figures in Cold War politics, as US ambassador to his ancestral Poland despite reported hesitation by Warsaw's right-wing government. Mark Brzezinski, who will need Senate confirmation, is an investor who served in foreign policy roles in previous Democratic administrations including as ambassador to Sweden under Barack Obama. The nomination had been rumored for weeks and a Polish news site,, reported that the government in Warsaw raised objections by arguing that Brzezinski holds Polish citizenship through his father, making him ineligible to be ambassador. The Polish government denied the account which came as the Biden administration takes a firmer line on democratic values with nations including Poland, whose populist government was closely allied with former president Donald Trump. The State Department has voiced alarm over attempts in Poland to amend a law that would force a US company to sell a stake in a television network, which would allow greater state control over the media.

BRZEZINSKI DEAD AT 89 President Carter's adviser influenced global affairs

FOX News

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the West as President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, died Friday. His death was announced on social media Friday night by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. She called him "the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have." Earnest and ambitious, Brzezinski helped Carter bridge wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978. Three months later, U.S.-China relations were normalized, a top priority for Brzezinski.