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Novus Participates in Sustainability Discussions at MAP360's ‘’Community Gathering’’ Event

At MAP360's event, Novus' CRO discussed AI, data science, and sustainability, highlighting AI's future and startups' efficiency.

June 12, 2024
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We had the pleasure of attending the "Community Gathering" event organized by our sustainability partner, MAP360.

The event featured a series of enlightening panels, with our CRO, Vorga Can, having the honor of participating in the first panel titled “Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Sustainability,” moderated by Özgün İnceoğlu, CEO of MAP360. Alongside Ömer Kavlakoğlu, Business Development Manager at Evreka, Vorga shared insights on the future of artificial intelligence, the essential role of digitalization in sustainability, and the efficiency advantages that startups hold over larger companies.

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting sustainability leaders from various sectors, exchanging ideas, and listening to their inspiring stories throughout the event. The discussions underscored the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving sustainable practices forward.

A heartfelt thank you to the MAP360 team for organizing such an enjoyable and informative event and for inviting us. Meeting people who are also dedicated to sustainability was truly rewarding.

We are also very excited to announce our upcoming sustainability projects with MAP360 in the near future.

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Novus at La French Tech Istanbul's First Event in Izmir

Novus attended La French Tech in Izmir, where CRO Vorga Can presented our AI solutions and met French Ambassador H.E. Ms. Dumont.

June 7, 2024
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La French Tech events are always very valuable for us.

This time, we were excited to attend La French Tech Istanbul's first event in Izmir.

As one of the three startups presenting at the event, our CRO, Vorga Can, had the honor of sharing the stage with Bora Çitiloğlu from TEB. Vorga delivered an insightful presentation about Novus, highlighting our innovative AI solutions and the impact we're making in the industry.

French Ambassador H.E. Ms. Isabelle Dumont.

Vorga Can also had the unique opportunity to meet H.E. Ms. Isabelle Dumont, Ambassador of France to Turkey, who gave the opening speech of the event. Their conversation was a highlight, reflecting the importance of international collaboration in the tech sector.

The event was a great success, providing a platform to connect with other startups, industry leaders, and innovators. We thoroughly enjoyed the discussions and networking opportunities that arose throughout the day.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the La French Tech Istanbul team, including Ömer Hantal, Murat Peksavaş, and Eren Arasan, for their hard work and dedication in organizing this event. Their efforts made it a memorable and impactful experience.

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Novus CEO Rıza Egehan Asad Speaks at "Overcoming Barriers: Fundraising Processes" Panel

Novus' CEO shares insights on fundraising at the "Overcoming Barriers: Fundraising Processes" panel, organized by Inveo Ventures.

June 6, 2024
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Our CEO, Rıza Egehan Asad, had an engaging conversation yesterday at the "Overcoming Barriers: Fundraising Processes" panel. The panel was moderated by Anıl Yıldırım and featured insights from Murat Hacioglu, CEO & CRO of B2Metric, and Emre Öget, Partner & COO of Retter.io, upon the invitation of our investor, Inveo Ventures.

During his speech, Rıza Egehan Asad shared valuable insights into the investment processes at Novus, discussing the strategies we employ as a growing startup to secure funding and overcome financial challenges. He highlighted the importance of building strong relationships with investors, maintaining transparency, and continuously innovating to attract and retain investor interest.

The panel provided a platform for exchanging ideas and experiences on fundraising, offering attendees a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in securing investment for startups. The discussions emphasized the significance of adaptability and resilience in navigating the fundraising landscape.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Inveo Ventures team, especially Haluk Nişli and Onur Topaç, for organizing this excellent event and for their invitation.

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The Right Question Often Matters More Than the Answer

Have you ever wonder about the AI's impact on our social life and identity?

June 4, 2024
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Are you familiar with the concept of entropy? It’s a concept in physics that suggest that there is some amount of disorder or randomness in every system, even in the universe. And the entropy of the universe must therefore increase over time, all stars eventually burn out, and the universe will face death, just like us.

The concept of entropy reminds me of change, as J. Cole articulates in his song "Middle Child": "Everything grows, it's destined to change." He's currently dealing with 6ix God and K-Dot, but let’s not get sidetracked.

Everything changes—culture, technology, society, even your ex. However, I believe that thanks to the revolution in AI & Robotics, along with fundamental sciences like chemistry, we are on the verge of a major change that humankind has never experienced before.

That's a bold statement.

I may not be an expert in many of the fields I've mentioned, but I studied sociology and started a successful AI startup, so I know a bit about these topics (and yes, I am biased, but I believe this to be true).

So here's the gist: drawing from the research discussed in a recent scholarly article titled The Blended Future of Automation and AI: Examining Some Long-Term Societal and Ethical Impact Features, the implementation of AI and robotics is poised to fundamentally alter our societal structures and ethical frameworks.

As the article points out, AI's ability to impact jobs, societal norms, and interpersonal interactions represents a form of social influence akin to the broad effects theorized postulated under Social Impact Theory (a theoretical framework that describes how individuals can be influenced by other people and by societal forces). Shocking, right? You don’t need a PhD to suspect that AI will affect your everyday life at some point, but you might need one to jump into a question that big.

Long story short, this theory examines how AI, as a new “social actor,” is not merely a tool but an agent that reshapes social norms and values.

Moreover, the ethical implications of such transformative technologies were elaborately discussed in the article. The need for an ethical AI deployment is emphasized to prevent potential social repercussions such as increased inequality or misuse of autonomous systems.

We always like to think that technology globally enriches us. We’ve eradicated hunger and given a good fight against once popular diseases. That’s the cool part. The article advocates for a cautious approach, ensuring that AI development is aligned with human values and societal well-being—something I advocate for as well.

Revisiting Social Impact Theory in the Age of AI

The classic Social Impact Theory initially described how individuals adjust their behaviors based on their social environment. Today, AI, acting as a 'social actor,' adds a new layer to Bibb Latané's theory.

For instance, AI-driven social media algorithms have the power to shape political opinions and social norms at a pace and magnitude that were once unthinkable. What criteria do these algorithms use to determine which content to promote? What are the long-term effects of these decisions? These questions are crucial as we explore the social terrain molded by AI.

As the founder of an AI startup, I too am concerned that we are advancing too quickly. We're not questioning enough; applied sciences are increasingly favored while fundamental principles are being neglected. We seldom stop to ask why we need to accelerate, yet we continue to do so regardless. This can lead to positive outcomes, but the potential for negative consequences is equally significant.

Why the rush?

Economic Shifts Driven by Automation

The integration of AI and robotics into various industries represents more than just a technological upgrade; it serves as a catalyst for profound economic transformation. Automation could lead to significant shifts in employment patterns, with certain jobs becoming gone and new roles emerging.

I have always believed this shift to be fundamentally beneficial for economies—and I still do. After all, we no longer ride horses; efficiency often prevails over other values. Efficiency is undeniably important, not just in human things but as a principle observed in evolution itself.

However, if we label efficiency as factor 'A', we must ask: Can efficiency alone solve all our problems, or do we need factors 'B', 'C', and even 'D' alongside it? At its extreme, efficiency can even be detrimental to society. We need a deeper understanding of human nature and society at large.

When we use terms like “development” and “progress,” we need to tread carefully. Comparing data from different eras can be tricky. It may seem like we're making progress. However, one should be concerned about the relationships between different social and economic classes and how they will be affected by AI.

I'm an optimist, but I'm not naive. We need to answer big questions, but first, we need to come up with those questions.

As the Greek philosopher Plato once mentioned, "The right question is usually more important than the right answer."
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Novus Participates in TEB & Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi Accelerator Program in Grenoble

Novus joins the TEB & ODTÜ Accelerator Program in Grenoble, presenting AI innovations and networking with industry leaders.

June 3, 2024
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Novus had the incredible opportunity to participate in the TEB & Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi / Middle East Technical University Accelerator Program. This exclusive program included only a select few startup co-founders, and we are honored to have been among them.

The program took us to the vibrant city of Grenoble, where our CRO, Vorga Can, had the unique chance to present Novus to a distinguished group of key individuals.

The week was packed with insightful panels, engaging presentations, and exciting events. It was a fantastic experience for Novus to connect with industry leaders and peers, share our vision, and learn from others in the startup community.

A heartfelt thank you to TEB for selecting us for this unique opportunity.

We are excited about the connections made and the future opportunities this program has created for Novus. Stay tuned as we continue to innovate and expand our horizons!

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Novus Newsletter: AI Highlights - May 2024

May's AI milestones: OpenAI and Google updates, deepfake MET Gala, AI in dating. Novus’s key event participation and achievements.

May 31, 2024
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Hey there!

Duru here from Novus, ready to share the exciting highlights from our May AI newsletters. This month, we've witnessed significant advancements in AI, hosted exciting events, and celebrated remarkable achievements within our team.

In each newsletter I find the most interesting AI news for you and of course keep you up to date with the latest insights and developments. Here, I have compiled the key stories and updates from May 2024 to keep you informed and engaged.

If you want to stay more up to date with what's happening on the AI field, you can subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter. You will receive the latest updates and exclusive insights directly to your inbox.

Now, let's jump in!

AI NEWS

What is AI Anyway?

Mustafa Suleyman, founder of DeepMind and Inflection AI, shared his thoughts on AI ethics in a recent TED talk, describing AI as a “new digital species” and emphasizing the importance of understanding and controlling it.

  • Key Point: Suleyman highlights the need for ethical considerations in AI development and urges us to give AI the best of humanity.
  • Further Reading: Mustafa Suleyman's TED Talk

Drake ft. AI Tupac

The use of AI in music hit the headlines again with Drake’s song featuring AI-generated vocals of Tupac and Snoop Dogg, sparking legal and ethical debates.

  • Key Point: This incident underscores the ongoing controversy around AI's role in music and intellectual property rights.
  • Further Reading: AI in Music Controversy

New AI Widgets: Rabbit R1 and Humane AI Pin

Recently, two new AI assistants, Rabbit R1 and Humane AI Pin, were launched, offering limited functionalities compared to existing assistants like Siri and Alexa.

  • Key Point: While these AI assistants bring novelty, their limited features highlight the need for more practical and useful AI innovations.
  • Further Reading: Rabbit R1 Review
  • Further Reading: Humane AI Pin Review

Deepfake MET Gala

This year’s MET Gala saw deepfake images of celebrities like Rihanna and Katy Perry, blurring the lines between reality and digital fabrication.

  • Key Point: The incident raises concerns about the impact of deepfakes on public perception and the authenticity of digital content.
  • Further Reading: Deepfake MET Gala

Dating in the Future: AI Concierge

Bumble’s founder envisions AI concierges handling virtual dating, potentially revolutionizing the dating experience by minimizing direct social interaction.

  • Key Point: AI could reduce dating app fatigue and enhance match compatibility, making the dating process more enjoyable and less stressful.
  • Further Reading: AI in Dating

NOVUS UPDATES

Harvard & MIT Generative AI Map

We are proud to be included in the Harvard & MIT Generative AI Map, recognizing Novus as a key player in the AI ecosystem. This is a testament to our ongoing commitment to AI innovation and excellence.

Generative AI Map

Allianz Hackzone Scale Up Accelerator Program

We successfully completed the Allianz Hackzone Scale Up Accelerator Program, showcasing our enhanced AI features and evolving capabilities at Demo Day. This program has been instrumental in refining our AI solutions and expanding our industry network.

Workshop at Social Impact Awards’24

We hosted a workshop at SIA'24, where Vorga shared Novus’s journey and I guided participants in creating personas with ChatGPT. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to more such engagements.

TEAM INSIGHTS

This month, we are particularly proud of the achievements of our team members whose work was featured at ICLR 2024, one of the most prestigious academic conferences in AI.

Büşra’s Weather Forecasting Model

Büşra with Prof. Dr. Gözde Unal and Prof. Alper Unal from Istanbul Technical University and Abdullah Akgül and Assoc. Prof. Melih Kandemir from Syddansk Universitet - University of Southern Denmark  developed an advanced deep learning model aimed at improving monthly and seasonal weather forecasts. This model leverages complex algorithms to enhance the accuracy and reliability of weather predictions, providing significant benefits for sectors such as agriculture, disaster management, and logistics. Their innovative approach is a major step forward in the field of meteorology and AI.

Taha’s Topoformers

Taha with Nicholas M. Blauch from Harvard University and Greta Tuckute from Massachusetts Institute of Technology  introduced 'Topoformers,' a novel method for adding topographic organization to transformer network layers. This groundbreaking research optimizes the efficiency and performance of transformer models, which are essential for various natural language processing tasks. By enhancing how these models learn and process information, their work has the potential to drive significant advancements in AI.

We are incredibly proud of Büşra and Taha for their contributions and the recognition they have received at ICLR 2024. Their hard work and dedication continue to push the boundaries of AI research.

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Novus CEO Shares Insights at İş Bankası AI Startup Factory's Anniversary Interview

Novus CEO Rıza Egehan Asad celebrated AI Startup Factory's first anniversary and highlighting Novus' achievements.

May 30, 2024
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Novus is delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of the AI Startup Factory at İş Bankası. Our CEO, Rıza Egehan Asad, marked the occasion with an insightful interview, highlighting the remarkable achievements of Novus over the past year.

One of the evening's highlights was the opportunity to connect with fellow startups within the AI Startup Factory community, fostering new relationships and collaborations in a vibrant cocktail setting.

Five months ago, we also had the privilege of participating in the Kohort-4 event, part of Türkiye İş Bankası's innovative AI Startup Factory program, where we delivered a presentation. This experience was invaluable and enriching for our team.

We extend our sincere thanks to Türkiye İş Bankası and the AI Startup Factory team for cultivating such a dynamic and supportive environment.

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Novus Wraps Up Viva Technology 2024 in Paris!

Novus showcased AI at Viva Tech 2024, focusing on sustainability and networking with industry leaders.

May 27, 2024
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Novus successfully concluded its participation in the Viva Technology 2024 event in Paris.

It was an honor to be part of the Turkey pavilion alongside other innovative Turkish technology companies and to have our own booth, showcasing our contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.

Our CRO, Vorga Can, and CTO, Bedirhan Çaldır, actively engaged with attendees, introducing Novus and our cutting-edge AI solutions. They demonstrated how our technologies can drive business growth and innovation. The event provided an excellent platform to network with C-level executives from various sectors, leading to valuable discussions and potential collaborations.

A highlight of our participation was attending the Tech Along The Seine River 2024, a side event of Viva Tech 2024. The discussions on sustainability at this event were particularly inspiring and aligned perfectly with Novus's vision. These talks confirmed that we are on the right path with our new projects focused on sustainable AI solutions.

We are grateful to Invest in Turkey for providing us with the opportunity to be present and have a booth at Viva Tech. This event has strengthened our commitment to innovation and sustainability in the AI industry.

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Novus Among 10 Startups Chosen by La French Tech!

Novus selected by La French Tech as a top 10 startup to showcase AI innovations, enhancing industry connections in Paris.

May 24, 2024
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We recently participated in an exciting event in Paris where our CRO, Vorga Can, had the opportunity to present Novus and our innovative AI solutions to prominent leaders in the French business community.

This event was particularly special for us as we were honored to be one of the ten startups selected by La French Tech to showcase our advancements and contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.

During his presentation, Vorga Can highlighted how Novus is revolutionizing various industries with our AI technologies. He shared insights into our mission to drive business growth and innovation through AI, and how our solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients.

The recognition by La French Tech is a significant milestone for Novus, underscoring our commitment to excellence and innovation. We are incredibly proud of this achievement and are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we expand our footprint in France.

We also had the privilege of networking with key industry leaders, fostering new relationships, and exploring potential collaborations that will further our mission to lead in AI innovation.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Fatih Canan from TEB and Dara Hizveren from La French Tech Istanbul for providing us with this remarkable opportunity. Their support has been instrumental in helping us reach new heights and connect with the French business community.

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