Project Aiur

We envision a world where the right scientific knowledge is available at our fingertips. Where all research is validated and reproducible. Where interdisciplinary connections are the norm. Where unbiased scientific information flows freely. Where research already paid for with our tax money is freely accessible to all.

Project Aiur

Project Aiur at a glance

Democratizing Science through blockchain-enabled disintermediation.

There are a number of problems in the world of science today hampering global progress. In a highly lucrative oligopolistic 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 forge an alternative to powerful existing 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.

That is what we are proposing with Project Aiur, and we invite you to join us.

The challenges faced by science

Information overload

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Challenge

The amount of scientific knowledge we have as a human species is unprecedented and growing. No human mind can cope with the vast volume of research being generated today. This unmanageable information overload slows down and introduces massive inefficiencies in both academic and corporate research processes, hampering global innovation.

Solution

AI-based tools to assist humans in navigating and connecting the knowledge. Iris.ai’s tools today semi-automate the literature review phase – next we need to do machine hypothesis extraction, hypothesis validation and eventually building new hypotheses. 

Access barriers

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Challenge

Traditional publisher business models are coming under increased scrutiny. The sustained, abnormally high relationship between economic returns yielded and business risks assumed by these legacy models has faced harsh criticism from scientific researchers, academic institutions, policy-makers and the general public alike.

Solution

A united global grassroots movement pushing for Open Access research and putting join pressure on the large publishing houses to alter their business models and pricing schemes. The OA movement has made great progress until now – and it’s time to shift gears. 

Poor reproducibility

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Challenge

Substandard reproducibility of published research studies adds to pain points suffered by students, researchers and R&D departments across sectors. And when considered in combination with other problems here, reproducibility deficits make it fundamentally hard to build new knowledge on top of old results.

Solution

A combination of 1) a Knowledge Validation Engine: validating every aspect of a research paper up against all other knowledge. This can immediately uncover underlying false assumptions, circular dependencies, conflicting results and other reasons why a paper might not be reproducible before substantial time is spent on it, and 2) increased public scrutiny incentivizing more thorough diligence.

Built-in biases

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Challenge

Existing tools focused on scientific search have been built with a common keyword and citation-based architecture that incorporates serious issues with learning-over-time and the identification and address of biases including negligence of under-cited research.

Solution

A long-term process, with users gradually realizing that there are great results de facto not visible through existing search engines. Additionally, Aiur will provide an invaluable control set to test the effectiveness of the citation system and help newly written articles have a more comprehensive and easy to build citation list.

Misaligned incentives

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Challenge

Research professionals are currently forced to deliver, publish and review on tight deadlines, with little to no accountability and reward for authors and reviewers, creating perverse incentives towards exaggerating facts and omitting assumptions and constraints.

Solution

Authors will get tokens for embracing increased openness standards, including for publishing of failed results. Aiur will also open up the peer review process, and it will facilitate the generation of specialized datasets.

Key messages

  1. 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.  
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. 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.  
  5. 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.
  6. Full White paper will be released

    Having already turned in to a highly detailed and solid plan, we are currently ironing out the final quirks of the white paper. We are looking for early critics and supporters, so if you want to dig in please sign up for our waitlist and we'll get it to you first.
  7. Token sale starts

    In order to fund the Aiur community, we are launching an initial token sale. 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.
  8. Token sale ends

    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, all received funds are returned to the sender, and we will assess how to move forward with the project without funding.
  9. 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.

€10,000,000

We target the ETH equivalent of €10M with a minimum for completion of 60% and a hard cap of 500%. If the minimum is not reached, all ETH will be returned to the original holders.

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. The remaining 25% will be allocated to Iris.ai for the planning and initial execution of the project.

Far from an instrument suited to short-term financial speculation, AIUR tokens are designed for natural holders, who believe in the value-added that Aiur will bring either to them directly or to other third-party use-cases.

  • No US-based investors
  • No one entity holding more than 2% of the total pool
  • Investments over a certain threshold require identity checks

Ecosystem

Contributors

Earn tokens from their
community contributions

AI Trainers
Build annotated data sets
Implemented from the
 start
AI Trainers
Build annotated data sets
Implemented from the start
Coders
Build the Aiur Knowledge Validatiton engine
Coders
Build the Aiur Knowledge Validatiton engine
Quality Assurance
Find the glitches in the matrix 
And bugs in Aiur
Quality Assurance
Find the glitches in the matrix
And bugs in Aiur
Researchers
Publish their own and review others' research
Researchers
Publish their own and review others’ research
Iris.ai releases 50% ownership

Aiur

Iris.ai releases 50% ownership
  • Oracle observing the outside world
  • Institution maintaining balance
  • Constitution of rights and obligations
  • ETH and AIUR pool
  • Code repository
  • Research content repository
Iris.ai releases 50% ownership

Users

Pay tokens for access to the
core technology and content

R
R&D and institutes
Build custom internal tools on top of Aiur functionality
Universities and Consortia
Queries the Aiur engine directly for core results
Universities and Consortia
Queries the Aiur engine directly for core results
Software developers
Build commercial and open source tools on top of Aiur
Software developers
Build commercial and open source tools on top of Aiur
Individual researchers
Use the Aiur engine for validation before traditional publishing
Individual researchers
Use the Aiur engine for validation before traditional publishing

Ecosystem

Contributors

Earn tokens from their community contributions

AI Trainers
Build annotated data sets
Implemented from the
 start
AI Trainers
Build annotated data sets
Implemented from the start
Coders
Build the Aiur Knowledge Validatiton engine
Coders
Build the Aiur Knowledge Validatiton engine
Quality Assurance
Find the glitches in the matrix 
And bugs in Aiur
Quality Assurance
Find the glitches in the matrix
And bugs in Aiur
Researchers
Publish their own and review others' research
Researchers
Publish their own and review others’ research
Iris.ai releases 50% ownership
Iris.ai releases 50% ownership

Aiur

  • Oracle observing the outside world
  • Institution maintaining balance
  • Constitution of rights and obligations
  • ETH and AIUR pool
  • Code repository
  • Research content repository
Iris.ai releases 50% ownership

Users

Pay tokens for access to the core technology and content

R
R&D and institutes
Build custom internal tools on top of Aiur functionality
Universities and Consortia
Queries the Aiur engine directly for core results
Universities and Consortia
Queries the Aiur engine directly for core results
Software developers
Build commercial and open source tools on top of Aiur
Software developers
Build commercial and open source tools on top of Aiur
Individual researchers
Use the Aiur engine for validation before traditional publishing
Individual researchers
Use the Aiur engine for validation before traditional publishing

The AIUR Token

Functional token
With clear ’proof-of-human-work’ characteristics in its design, the AIUR token is functional by nature. It's both the only way to tap into Aiur directly and can be a voucher for significantly discounted prices for products built on top of Aiur, including Iris.ai tools.
Functional token
With clear ’proof-of-human-work’ characteristics in its design, the AIUR token is functional by nature. It’s both the only way to tap into Aiur directly and can be a voucher for significantly discounted prices for products built on top of Aiur, including Iris.ai tools.
No short term investors or hodlers

Far from an instrument suited to short term financial speculation, AIUR tokens are designed for natural holders, who believe in the value-added that Aiur will bring either to them directly or to other third party use-cases.
No short term investors or hodlers
Far from an instrument suited to short term financial speculation, AIUR tokens are designed for natural holders, who believe in the value-added that Aiur will bring either to them directly or to other third party use-cases.
Capped token sale
Our token sale will target raising the ETH equivalent of c. € 10,000,000, with a minimum for completion of 60% and a hard cap of 500%. If the minimum is not reached, all ETH will be returned to the original holders.
Capped token sale
Our token sale will target raising the ETH equivalent of c. € 10,000,000, with a minimum for completion of 60% and a hard cap of 500%. If the minimum is not reached, all ETH will be returned to the original holders.
Community ownership off the bat

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. The remaining 25% will be allocated to Iris.ai for the planning and initial execution of the project.
Community ownership off the bat
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. The remaining 25% will be allocated to Iris.ai for the planning and initial execution of the project.
Removing ourself as the central player

There are two phases in Project Aiur. In ‘Phase 1’ Iris.ai will be holding 50%  1 of the tokens in circulation, and after the transition to ‘Phase 2’ we will renounce all tokens outside of the allowed 2% cap, thus becoming an equal community member.
Removing ourself as the central player
There are two phases in Project Aiur. In ‘Phase 1’ Iris.ai will be holding 50% +1 of the tokens in circulation, and after the transition to ‘Phase 2’ we will renounce all tokens outside of the allowed 2% cap, thus becoming an equal community member.
No founder compensation  
Iris.ai’s founders will not receive any direct monetary compensation, in either fiat, cryptocurrency or AIUR tokens.
No founder compensation
Iris.ai’s founders will not receive any direct monetary compensation, in either fiat, cryptocurrency or AIUR tokens.

Team

FOUNDERS

The team behind Project Aiur

Aiur is a project initiated by Iris.ai, a 3-year old international startup.

While we have proven success in addressing information overload and built-in biases for researchers, addressing the remaining issues of the research world requires additional effort beyond what the company can achieve on its own. To equip ourselves to succeed, we are launching Project Aiur.

Iris.ai was founded at NASA Ames Research park summer 2015. We found a common frustration with the access to and passion for the value of scientific knowledge, and as such Iris.ai – named after the Greek messenger goddess, bringing messages from the gods to the people – was born.

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CEO
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CEO
Victor Botev

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CTO
Victor Botev
CTO
Jacobo Elosua

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Jacobo Elosua
CFO
Maria Ritola

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Maria Ritola
CMO
Georgi Dimitrov

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Head of Development
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Head of Development
Ami Defesche

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Head of Community
Ami Defesche
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