Researchers and students – this is for you!
If we were asked to list the best things that happened to Iris.ai after we started Project Aiur, getting in contact with thousands of dedicated, curious researchers around the world would make it to the top of the list.
It’s because of the spirit. That lengthy discussion on Twitter with an Open Science advocate on the benefits of the blockchain for science; that in-depth technical conversation at a research conference where we got into the details of tools for fact-checking scientific hypothesis; that exchange of emails with a professor who wasn’t familiar with blockchain and, yet, made an effort to understand it by spending a considerable amount of time reading our White Paper. And the list goes on.
Researchers are in the game to change the world for the better, to ask the right questions and to uncover the meaningful truths. We couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with on our mission to build community-owned tools for fact-checking scientific knowledge and to fix the misaligned incentives of the current publishing system.
So without further ado, today we’re beyond glad to finally announce the Project Aiur token pre-sale dedicated exclusively to students and researchers affiliated to an academic institution. The early-adopters who will join us on this journey in the next two weeks, will get a discount of 30 per cent for the AIUR tokens they purchase.
Who is the Aiur token presale for
Project Aiur token sale is for the researchers and students who want to see progress and integrity in the scientific system. It’s for those who agree that the scientific research, rarely based on its intrinsic quality or merit, and more on the journal brand in which it is published, needs to be fixed. It’s for those who believe that building commonly owned tools with state-of-the-art technology opens up a new opportunity to fix the perverse incentives of the current scientific system.
Token presale details
To join the presale, the minimum purchase volume for the AIUR tokens is approximately €80. This corresponds to 20 AIUR where each token is valued, pre-discount, at ETH 0.01 (c. €4). To qualify, participants will either need to be registered at a university as students or researchers, or prove that they’ve authored a research article with a university affiliation in the past. A 30 per cent discount will be offered during the first two weeks of the launch after which it will drop to 25 per cent, 22 per cent and 20 per cent over consecutive two-week periods.
The tokens are available for purchase here.
What can I do with the AIUR tokens
The AIUR tokens will allow our community members to semi-automate the time-consuming process of checking the factual base of any research hypothesis. Using the latest advances in AI and blockchain technology to assess and appraise the validity of a piece of scientific research, we will build tools that help the research community fight the misinformation in science and fix the perverse incentives of the current academic system. Before the commonly built tools for validating knowledge are ready, the AIUR tokens can be used to demand services from directly linked third party services like Iris.ai‘s Premium Tools. For those intrigued about the tech roadmap, further details are available on pages 6-11 of our White Paper.
In creating community-owned tools to fact-check scientific content and creating new incentives for Open Access publishing, we’re building momentum to seize the power from the publishing industry and hand it back to the academic community that does all the work.
If this sounds like a mission you wish to be part of, we’d love to have you join us!