Novus Newsletter: AI Highlights - May 2024

Zühre Duru Bekler
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.

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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


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.


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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