What problem does Project Aiur solve? (or: what human need does it satisfy?) and how exactly does it do so?
There are a number of problems in the world of science today hampering global progress. In an almost monopolized industry with terrible incentive misalignments, a radical change is needed. The only way to change this is with a grassroots movement – of researchers and scientists, librarians, scientific societies, R&D departments, universities, students, and innovators – coming together. We need to remove the powerful intermediaries, create new incentive structures, build commonly owned tools to validate all research and build a common Validated Repository of human knowledge. A combination of blockchain and artificial intelligence provides the technology framework, but as with all research, the scientist herself needs to be in the center. At Project Aiur we're aiming to democratize science, disrupt research system incentives, and improve scientific content, making it more transparent, accountable and widespread in society. Current problems faced by the scientific community and the users of scientific content today include: (1) information overload; (2) access barriers; (3) reproducibility issues; (4) built-in biases; and, (5) incentive misalignment. With Project Aiur we aim at making science belong to everyone through using blockchain technology. The technology allows us to to bring together a big community of researchers, coders, and anyone interested in science. Together we will work to address the problems outlined above. We will collaborate to build what we call a “Knowledge Validation Engine” based on artificial intelligence and machine learning technology - a machine where we can take a piece of research and have it checked up against all other research in the world. This means we will over time build a massive collection of research that has been validated. Everyone who is a member will own the project, can use the tools we build together, and can vote in important decisions. The AIUR utility token will be introduced as the main currency in the project. Besides granting membership, AIUR will be used to give access to the KVE and any other tools developed on top of the community’s software. Anyone who contributes to the community with things like code, training data and research earn AIUR tokens.
How is the idea monetized? How do the token holders profit?
AIUR is a utility token realigning incentives and forging an ecosystem of accessible, validated, reproducible science. By being a founding member you will play a vital role in opening up science, and hold important voting power in determining the future of the Knowledge Validation Engine and its repository of Validated Research. The value of the ecosystem’s technology and repository will slowly and steady increase in value over the next 4 years. Getting in now puts you in an excellent position for this value growth. 75% of the amount raised will belong to the community, and will be released subject to development milestones – to anyone who achieves them, subject to community scrutiny.
Other Important Info
Restrictions: No investors from the USA, People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Iran, Republic of Singapore or Canada
ProjectAiur's team members.
Anita Schjøll Brede
CEO & Co-Founder
CTO & Co-Founder
Co-founder & CFO/COO
Head Of Development
Customer Success Manager
Iris.ai was born
During our time at Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program at NASA Ames Research Park summer 2015, the Iris.ai/Project Aiur cofounders first met. Sitting down to find a problem to solve – one that would positively impact a billion people within a decade – the discussions started circling the long row of problems surrounding academic research.
Whether it was having been involved in deeply technical startups and first hand experienced the pain of diving head first into finding the right research, experiencing serious illness and needing to identify and understand the latest medical breakthroughs, or simply having research being our everyday job – we could all relate to the same pain points.
Towards the end of the summer, the initial idea of building an “AI Researcher” was born – and execution began.
The Aiur idea was born
Summer 2017 we came to an important realization: Having successfully built a number of AI tools, generating revenue from R&D Departments, we realized while we could build a successful commercial entity, it would not allow us to make the true societal impact we set out to. With the recent advances of the blockchain world, one of the original pain points – paywalled content and entirely skewed incentives – came back up. Through late summer and fall, the discussions intensified.
The first announcement
At Slush, together with our seed funding announcement, we decided to tell the world what we were working on. The seed funding gave us some financial leeway, and our thinking around the new blockchain project had matured sufficiently that we felt ready to tell the world what we were doing – putting additional pressure on ourselves to iron out the details and getting the show on the road.
Finding the name (and geeking out on Starcraft)
After an internal name nomination and voting round, in which it was discovered that the entire research team (and plenty of the developer team) were long-term Starcraft geeks, the name of the project was found: Project Aiur.
We release more details!
After months of really hard work, we were finally ready to announce the highlights of the project. We launched this website, the summaries of the white paper, a press release and social media channels. We will continue over the next few weeks with video content, more details, AMA’s and other social media events.
Full White paper released
In the works since summer 2017, on June 1st our Full Whitepaper was launched to the world! As the full white paper is a thorough piece of work counting a lot of pages, the summaries – including a 2-page plain text summary – can be found at iris.ai/aiur.
Token sale starts
In order to fund the Aiur community, we are doing a token sale.
Per early June 2018, we have a private sale ongoing – for more details, contact CEO Anita Schjøll Brede on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim at raising the ETH equivalent of EUR 10M, with a minimum threshold of 60% and a cap of 500%. 75% will go to the community escrow, released upon completion of detailed milestones – subject to community scrutiny and open for anyone to participate in delivering. 25% will go to Iris.ai to cover the costs of the initial management of the community.
Public sale opens
We are currently targeting early July for the public sale. It is of vital importance to us to have a broad community join us, and we will as such commit to a public sale.
Having reached our minimum threshold, the ETH equivalent of €6M, we announce the successful initiation of Project Aiur and get to work on the milestones laid out in the whitepaper together with the community.
Should we have not reached our minimum threshold, received funds are returned to the sender, and we will assess how to move forward with the project without funding.
Iris.ai releases 50% ownership
After the token sale, Iris.ai will be sitting with 50% of the tokens. At a certain point: either after 18 months; or if the community is ready sooner, then when that occurs; Iris.ai will release most of it tokens to the Institution, remaining only with the cap of 1%, and as such becoming only one of many actors in the community. This event will be stipulated in the smart contracts from the beginning and is non-changeable. At this point, we assume the Institution will find it favorable to the community economy to burn the tokens.
0.01 ETH = 1 AIUR
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