Aiur: Democratizing Science through blockchain-enabled disintermediation
Science should be open, validated, and free to all - while the scientists themselves should get a fair reward
- COMMUNITY ESCROW (60%)
- IRIS.AI SERVICES (25%)
- INSTITUTION RESERVES (15%)
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How can I create an Ethereum wallet?
1. Set-Up Your Crypto Wallet.
For more detailed guide click here
Option 1: MyCrypto (Recommended)
1) Navigate to mycrypto.com. Carefully read the information and warnings provided. This is very important to keep your tokens safe!
2) When asked how you would like to access your wallet, click the link at the bottom that reads “Don’t have a wallet?”.
3) On the next page, scroll down and click “Download the Desktop App”.
4) Click the button corresponding to your OS, or simply click Download to download the version that corresponds with the OS you are currently using.
5) Open the downloaded file to install My Crypto on your desktop, then open the program if it does not open automatically.
6) Once the My Crypto desktop app is running, click “Create New Wallet”. In the section labeled “Create New Wallet”, click “Generate New Wallet”.
7) In the section labeled “Keystore File” click “Generate a Keystore File”.
8) Create a secure password for your file. We recommend using at least 16 characters, utilizing mixed case, numbers and special characters.
9) Download your Keystore file by clicking “Download Keystore File.” Make sure to store this in a safe place, such as a USB drive, in case your computer or hard drive is compromised.
10) Take note of the steps to access your wallet in the future, and you’re done! You are now the proud owner of a new crypto wallet.
Option 2: MetaMask
1)Dowload the MetaMask plugin for Google Chrome by clicking here and then clicking “Add Extention”.
2) Click the orange fox icon at the top right-hand corner of your browser.
3) On your first visit to the plugin, you will automatically navigate to a webpage where you will set your password and be given a unique account image and passphrase. Take careful note of both of these to ensure your account remains secure.
4) Confirm your passphrase to continue.
5) Your MetaMask wallet is now active!
2. How to sign-up to purchase AIUR.
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1) Visit https://projectaiur.com/buy-aiur and fill out the requested information for KYC. As a reminder, you must be at least 18 years of age, and not a resident of Australia, Canada, China, Iran, Singapore, South Korea, or the United States to participate.
2) For Wallet ID please fill in the ID of the wallet you created and have ETH in and also fill in your email
4) Press Next
5) Input the volume of AIUR tokens you wish to purchase.
6) According to the volume of AIUR tokens you will be prompted to complete the appropriate KYC.
7) Confirm that you agree with the AML Policy
8) Press Next.
9)You will be presented with different information depending on your KYC selection.
– If the KYC type was “No KYC” proceed with the next step.
– If the KYC type was “Weak KYC” you will have to fill in your name, date of birth, nationality and agree with the KYC provider procedure. Press Next.
– If the KYC type was “Full KYC” you will have to fill in your name, date of birth, nationality, Document front image and Face image (selfie).
For Document front image please upload a photo of your government issued ID, driver’s licence or passport.
For Face image please upload a clear front-facing photo of yourself. Agree with the KYC provider procedure and press Next.
10) You will be presented with the final success page and should expect to receive an email from us informing you of your status, as well as further instructions to securely transfer ETH to our public address.
Note: we will never send you the token sale address in plain text, without proper security instructions about how to use it.
11) When the confirmation email arrives in your inbox (it might take some time for the KYC process to execute) follow its instructions.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to obtain the Public Sale Address, scan the watermarked QR code included in the email and for your security do not forget to watch the video with our CEO Anita and double check the value of the QR code from the video with the value of the QR in the email. Once you verify that they show the same Public Sale Address address you can proceed.
3. How to deposit ETH in your wallet.
For more detailed guide click here
Purchase ETH with MyCrypto:
1) Open the MyCrypto application and click View/Send.
2) Click “KeyStore File”.
3) Click “Select a Wallet File” and choose the Keystore file you saved when creating your wallet. Then, enter your password and click “Unlock”.
4) Click “Buy Ether With Credit Card” in the right sidebar of the View/Send interface.
a) Clicking this button will open your web browser to buy.mycrypto.com. You may enter either the ETH amount you would like to purchase or the amount you’d like to spend in USD or EUR. The exchange rate will be calculated automatically.
Note: The current AIUR/ETH exchange rate is 1 AIUR = 0.01 ETH (pre bonuses).
b) Your Ethereum address is located in the MyCrypto app on the right-hand side. Click “Copy Address” to copy to the clipboard, and paste at buy.mycrypto.com
c) Complete the Captcha and click Continue.
d) Complete the payment process until you’ve reached the Thank You page.
5) Return to the MyCrypto app to ensure your ETH was purchased successfully. You will see ‘Account Balance’ located directly beneath ‘Account Address’ on the right-hand side. Click the Refresh symbol to refresh your balance. Please be patient as transactions sometimes take some time to complete.
Purchase ETH with MetaMask:
1) You can purchase ETH from within Metamask using the Coinbase integration.
2) Open Metamask and make sure you are connected to Main Ethereum Network.
3) Choose your wallet and then press “Deposit”.
4) Choose “Continue to Coinbase” and follow the process to purchase ETH.
Note: If you need assistance with the coinbase process – please check this blog post – https://blog.ujomusic.com/how-to-buy-eth-using-metamask-coinbase-ecffe9ede78e.
5) After your ETH purchase is successful (this can take some time), your ETH should appear in your MetaMask wallet.
4. How to purchase AIUR.
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You should have your wallet setup and the necessary ETH in your wallet first.
How to Buy Aiur with My Crypto:
1) Open the MyCrypto app and unlock your wallet using the Keystore file you saved earlier (or your preferred method).
2) Click View/Send in the left-hand navigation.
3) In the field labeled “To Address”, paste the Public Sale Address that you received via QR code in your e-mail after completing your KYC.
4) Fill in the amount of ETH you would like to trade for AIUR.
Note: For higher token purchase volumes (i.e. mandatory KYC), we also advise that you break the transaction into two, sending first a purchase order for 5 AIUR (minimum threshold), and then, upon successful receipt of the AIUR tokens in your crypto wallet by listing AIUR tokens in your wallet, proceed to purchase the rest.
5) There is no need to adjust the Transaction Fee, this is calculated automatically. Click “Send Transaction” and confirm all information is correct.
6) After sending the transaction you will see a green bar at the bottom of the screen.
You can verify the status of your transaction on Etherscan (first option) or within MyCrypto (second option).
7) After the transaction is finalized in MyCrypto on the right side choose Scan For Tokens.
8) You will now see your AIUR tokens.
9) If you see “No tokens found” then click on “Add Custom Token” and under Address provide the AIUR token contract address: 0x2a139536228b9CEa9c6e4E184F6a8F00937384e9
The Decimals and Token Symbol fields will be filled automatically
10) Press Save. You will now see your AIUR Token balance.
11) Congratulations! You’re now an AIUR token holder!
Buying AIUR with MetaMask
1) Open MetaMask in your browser and login. Ensure you are connected to the Main Ethereum Network:
2) Click “Send”.
3) Set yourself as the “From” account, and in “To”, paste the Public Sale Address that you received via QR code in your e-mail after completing your KYC.
4) Fill in the amount of ETH you would like to trade for AIUR. You will see the fiat equivalent calculated below.
5) Gas prices are calculated automatically. There is no need to adjust this unless you really know what you’re doing.
Please Note: Adjusting the gas price too low may result in a failed transaction.
6) Click Next and then Confirm.
7) Once the generated transaction is processed from the menu on the left choose “Add Token”.
8) Go to Custom Token tab and under Token Address provide the AIUR token contract address: 0x2a139536228b9CEa9c6e4E184F6a8F00937384e9
For Token Symbol enter AIUR. For Decimals of Precision enter 18.
9) Press Next. You will now see your AIUR Token balance.
10) Press Add Tokens to include the AIUR token in your portfolio.
11) Congratulations! You’re now an AIUR token holder.
Why should I buy tokens?
By being a founding member you will play a vital role in opening up science redefining the processes, incentives and economic flows around it. You will hold important voting power in determining the future of the AI-based Aiur Knowledge Validation Engine and its connected repository of validated research. This is now your opportunity and responsibility!
Legit use of blockchain
Unlike a range of other blockchain projects using it simply for efficient fundraising, what we aim to achieve with project Aiur cannot be achieved without the underlying technology. The industry needs good examples of solid actors developing thorough and ethos-rooted projects that aspire to make the world better – and you get to play an essential role in making this happen.
While we vehemently state that this is not a project for short term investment, we firmly believe that the ecosystem’s algorithmic technology and data repository should slowly and steadily increase in value over the years to come. Getting in now should put you in an excellent position to capture this potential value growth in a community-governed project.
Why is Iris.ai doing this? What is in it for the commercial entity?
Since the start of our journey in 2015, at Singularity University, we have been an impact driven startup, often paying a high price for that. In mid 2017 we realised that, whilst en route to becoming a successful straight-down-the-middle enterprise SaaS company, inertia was putting back our impact ambitions. First introduced to blockchain technology in 2015, we decided to dive deep into leveraging blockchain technology to help disintermediate and democratize Science.
Aiur is the result of a year’s worth of work. We believe it will radically improve our chances of generating broad-based, substantial impact. It will also help fund our ongoing activities as initial managing entity of the project. Third and last, collectively building Aiur’s underlying technology with an open community at its true center should give Iris.ai first mover advantage in developing the ambitious AI-driven science assistant we set out to build in 2015.
What is in it for me as a current researcher or reviewer?
As Aiur community members: (1) researchers should get token royalties from third party use of their research included in the repository of validated knowledge, and (2) reviewers should also get token royalties for verifying research and keeping the high quality standards of the repository.
What is the difference between Iris.ai and Aiur? What does community-governed mean?
Iris.ai is an impact-driven, for-profit international startup founded in 2015 at Singularity University to build and AI-powered science assistant. Aiur is a project ideated by Iris.ai to create an open, community-governed AI Engine for Knowledge Validation.
Iris.ai will play an initial role kickstarting project Aiur and managing it during Phase 1. This initial Phase 1 will run a maximum of 18 months. With that backstop, or before then, if so decided via a combination of objective maturity metrics and a community vote, the project will move into Phase 2.
In Phase 2 the maximum token ownership cap, initially set at 2%, will be extended to Iris.ai too. Excess tokens will then be either burnt or redistributed to other community members, with a view to rewarding valuable contributions building Aiur, in particular from founding members.
As initial project manager Iris.ai will retain 25% of the funds raised via the Aiur token sale. The remaining 75% will be will consigned to a Project Development Fund, which will act as an escrow smart contract to competitively fund projected milestone developments.
What is this KVE exactly? What does it do?
One of project Aiur’s main goals is to increase the quality standards of published research results. With the Knowledge Validation Engine we aim to build a machine learning-powered engine that can produce a report on the reproducibility and hypothesis trust levels of an input text or document.
In terms of what it does, the Knowledge Validation Engine identifies the building blocks of an input article, classifying them as part of a category, including problem, solution, evaluation method, results, etc. These building blocks are then backtracked to other building blocks in the scientific literature. If Article A has a building block supported by Article B, there is a need to split the building blocks in Article B, and keep doing this until a stop condition is hit (i.e. no more articles supporting the building blocks). The logic is very similar to the one used by the PageRank algorithm for links, but we will apply it to factual data.
Each building block has its own underlying hypothesis. With these identified a causality graph can be built, and based on the rank of the causality the trustworthiness of each hypothesis scored. For example focusing on whether for a given evaluation metric used (M), all the assumptions (A, B, C) and constraints (X, Y, Z) are outlined.
As a final step the Knowledge Validation Engine will build a report pulling results from every branch of the knowledge tree, highlight the problematic branches that present lower trust levels. Experimental research will be initially better suited for Knowledge Validation Engine scrutiny that, say, mapping studies. More information is included in the ‘Aiur development roadmap’ section of the white paper.
What is a functional token?
A token primarily used to obtain a tangible product or service utility. Think airline miles, which could potentially have other features added on top. They are different from security tokens in that these represent an investment interest. Think airline bonds or shares. AIUR tokens have been designed as functional tokens.
What exactly are you putting on the blockchain?
All aspects of the project related to governance and the economic model, regulated via smart contracts, will be logged on a public blockchain, including token ownership and voting rights details.
The AI technology components of the project will initially not be developed on the blockchain, as the technology does not accommodate this at present.
To form the repository of validated articles, we will store a combination of full documents and metadata. We are evaluating IPFS and other alternative solutions for this purpose. In parallel, we are planning to store a compressed version of all repository articles in a public blockchain, to ensure full recoverability in the event of a malicious attack.
The reports generated in the process of building the validated research repository will be recorded on a public blockchain. All other reports from the Knowledge Validation Engine, highlighting reproducibility issues, etc., will be paid for with AIUR tokens and available only to people in the community.
The project’s code base will be stored via a service provider (i.e. GitHub), but pull requests and a compressed change log will be blockchain registered, so the code can be recovered at any point.
So why blockchain?
New economic model: the incentive structure of science is broken, and we firmly believe a new economic model, built around transparency, accountability and distributed data nodes that no one owns, is the only way to change it. However, a new model put forth needs to be radical and it needs to fall outside of the current system, rethinking the fundamental mechanics. The only way in which we believe this could be made possible is through the deployment of blockchain technology.
Communal property: building an AI based Knowledge Validation Engine is, in our opinion, not something that can be done by a company or even a non-for-profit entity. While we would like to think we’re the “good guys”, the fact is we can not guarantee that forever, and we need to remove ourselves from the picture through true decentralization. Scientific knowledge belongs in the commons, and so does an engine validating it – subject to full community scrutiny. Blockchain technology is the only tool known to us that could make this truly possible.
Anonymity and its flip side: not every researcher in the world can freely publish their work under their full name. Pseudonymous approaches to publishing will secure free speech for every scientist. A slightly less severe suppression of free speech is the bias inherent in the publishing system, skewed toward financially strong and reputable universities. Blockchain publishing will allow all researchers to publish pseudonymously, meaning everyone can say what they want under the equal and fully transparent scrutiny of everyone else.
Why do you use the Ethereum platform for project Aiur? Is that a permanent decision?
We believe that the Ethereum platform is extremely well-suited to serve as a foundational layer for a very large number of both financial and non-financial protocols in the years to come. But whilst persuaded that Ethereum is the right public blockchain platform for the initial development of project Aiur, we will constantly monitor interoperability and other functional requirements. These relative evaluation exercises might lead us to a backbone platform change further down the line.
Will the project be hard forked? Do you worry about that?
Aiur is by design an open, community-governed platform. As such, its code can not be effectively controlled, and third parties can not be excluded from forking it for alternative redeployments. And if that brings with it additional positive impact, the better!
Having said this, we believe in the value of solid network effects built through first mover advantages. And that the Aiur community will be able to protect the value generated as it develops through a combination of governance and economic incentives.
How is Aiur different from other Blockchain for science projects?
There are at least two major key differentiating factors:
Proven software development credibility
Proposed solution to the chicken and egg problem
Firstly, and in contrast to the rest of the Blockchain for science projects we are aware of, we have demonstrable experience and a proven track record as software developers. In fact, during Iris.ai’s first three years of existence we have built and shipped four commercial grade, full product releases. As witnessed too often in the Blockchain space to date, promising and delivering are two quite different things! We have the resources and the expertise to build Aiur as per the development roadmap outlined in our white paper.
The other major differentiating factor is the Knowledge Validation Engine we are building with the community. As with so many other marketplace type solutions, we are of the belief that a publishing platform does not hold value until it holds massive amounts of content, and it does not hold massive amounts of content until it holds a lot of value.
We do not believe you can solve the broken incentive structures present today in science simply with a new technology platform to publish on. Instead, we will be building the Knowledge Validation Engine, and as the tools built on top are launched – tools for a scalable review and quality assessment process that could not be solved by humans -, we expect to drive growth in the Aiur token economy with an active contributing community and clients buying and paying AIUR tokens to access those tools.
Why do you need to issue a new token? Is it just to fundraise?
What we are dealing with here is a two sided marketplace without clear price structures. How much is a research paper worth? Today, in ten years? As read and implemented by a human, or as used by a machine to verify some other paper? The beauty of issuing a new token is that we can allow this economy to shape itself, and grow organically as the value of the validated repository and the underlying technology grows.
It is much easier to estimate relative prices inside a community, as opposed to relying on an established currency directly tied to the outside world and subject to a myriad of factors in its value fluctuations. So by designing a token inside the community you can then let the market determine the price of the token over time, hopefully appreciating as the value of its intelligent backbone grows.
Will I make money investing in AIUR tokens? Why should the token price go up?
If you are an active member of the community, buying tokens from the start, helping build out the Knowledge Validation Engine and broadening the ecosystem of Aiur participants – then yes, we believe that over a medium to long term development period the value of your AIUR tokens should increase. Having said this, you are buying what we clearly see as a utility token, not a security one.
Why buy tokens in the initial sale?
Being among the first backers buying AIUR in this token sale will guarantee solid discounts and help make the project a success.
Can anyone buy AIUR tokens? How many? Do you do AML/KYC compliance checks?
Due to regulatory uncertainty, in particular connected to the treatment of utility tokens, we have excluded certain jurisdictions from our token sale. At this point we will not sell AIUR tokens to nationals or residents of the US, Canada, China, South Korea or Iran.
The minimum number of tokens that can be purchased is 5 AIUR. The maximum number has been set at 2% of the total token pool outstanding post sale (i.e. 320,000 AIUR at the hard cap).
In terms of AML/KYC requirements, there will be three categories of buyers: anonymous, weakly verified and fully verified, with different treatment each:
Anonymous users can not hold in their account more than 60 AIUR tokens at any point in time. They can do transactions of up to 15 AIUR tokens a day, up to 60 AIUR tokens a week, and up to 120 AIUR tokens a month. If they pass the limit they need to do a weak KYC and move to the weakly verified group.
Weakly verified users can not hold more than 280 AIUR tokens at any point in time. They need to provide their names, date of birth and nationality for verification. Then they can do transactions of up to 70 AIUR tokens a day, 280 AIUR tokens a week and 560 AIUR tokens a month.
Fully verified users have no AML/KYC related limits. They need to provide scanned ID, selfie, name, date of birth and nationality for verification. They will also be checked against all available sanction lists.
Do you plan on listing AIUR tokens?
We appreciate that enhanced liquidity would add value to AIUR token holders. With this in mind, we will examine available exchange listing options post the initial token sale and, lawyers permitting, plan on making further announcements further down the road when time is right.
Can we fully automate peer review?
Not in the foreseeable future. Project Aiur aims at building a suite of tools to help researchers improve various angles of the scientific process, including the peer review process. Potential full automation is out not contemplated in the project timeline.
Will the papers published through project Aiur be Open Access? Where?
Yes. The project features the creation of a repository of validated research. Submitted papers that pass the Knowledge Validation Engine test will be included and published in this repository, which will be openly accessible.
Can’t you just do Open Access?
No. The Open Access movement has made great strides in making growing volumes of research more accessible to wider audiences, but acting in isolation it will not fix many of the problems suffered by science today. We believe that re-imagining a world with higher quality research requires the establishment of new practices and incentives that fully leverage decentralization technologies.
Will I be able to publish research directly into Aiur?
The short answer is yes, but not immediately after kick-off. We need to build a functioning economy, with both solid supply and demand flows, for new research to be published directly into new journals linked to the Aiur repository of validated research.
Before that happens, and as contemplated in the project’s milestone roadmap, users will be able to submit existing research, including preprints, for inclusion in the validated research repository. These user submissions will complement initial self-started efforts to test all available open access research articles for inclusion.
We will also focus first on introducing a Journal of Alternative Approaches (JAA) to cover research with approaches that are innovative, show potential, and are backed up by facts and experiments – as regular published articles – but do not necessarily beat the state-of-the-art.
Research, including failed results, that passes the quality checks of the Knowledge Validation Engine will be included in this repository. Benefits of authored research inclusion range from prestige and visibility to receiving token compensation as the research is deployer by other community members via the Knowledge Validation Engine.
Will peer reviews be assessed for quality with the KVE?
Yes. That is an integral part of Project Aiur. In the drive to improve research quality we will focus, among other factors, on removing biases and incentivising greater reproducibility oversight as part of the peer review process.
We aim to subject reviews to the dual open scrutiny of the Knowledge Validation Engine and the rest of the community.
A peer reviewer who wishes to challenge the report from the Knowledge Validation Engine will need to stake tokens and follow a stepped process. Our goal is to create virtuous self-correction loops between Aiur as a system and individual community members, including authors and peer reviewers.
What can a researcher gain out of it?
AIUR tokens will give buyers the ability to participate first hand in a unique, community-governed experiment to transform the way in which modern science is generated and deployed.
Additionally, token holders will be able to extract utility from AIUR tokens from the start, with increased functionalities added as the project matures.
On top of supporting a much needed, impact-driven project, early participants should be able to capture the economic value accrued through the envisaged Aiur algorithmic improvement over time. And at transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2, the tokens held by Iris.ai will be reduced from 50% to the general maximum cap, with foundational community member status significantly rewarded.
What can I use AIUR tokens for? Will there be more ways to use them in the future?
From the launch of project Aiur, you can choose to use your AIUR tokens for use of Iris.ai’s premium features. This individual access will be at a much lower cost relative to fiat currency prices offered to commercial clients, and is also the only way for individuals to get personal premium access. Iris.ai will continue developing products and services on top of the Aiur platform.
Further down the line, we expect other ecosystem members, including third party software providers, to also build new products and services tapping into the Aiur engine. These third parties will pay the community for usage of the Knowledge Validation Engine, and will be encouraged and incentivised to also accept payment in AIUR tokens.
Should you want to either build your own UX or other software tools on top of the engine; leverage the engine for your university research or to develop internal company tools; by querying the engine directly rather than going through a third party provider – these are all ways in which you will need and you will be able to use AIUR tokens.
Can I upload papers behind paywall into Aiur? What about papers I have authored?
Be it as an individual author or as a university holding a vast library or articles, as an Aiur user you will need to have the legal rights to submit papers for inclusion in the validated research repository. We will try to make ourselves as helpful as possible answering queries and facilitating processes, but this responsibility will always ultimately lie with you.
Will there be a clear functionality to use AIUR tokens at the time of the sale?
Yes. Designed as utility tokens, AIUR tokens will enable users to purchase individual licence access to Iris.ai premium products from the time of the initial token sale.
What is the price for the Iris.ai tools in tokens?
Access to Iris.ai premium tools will be initially priced at 10 AIUR for an individual one-month license. This represents a significant discount to the company’s fiat rate card, with one-month licences notionally priced at 70 EUR.
What will be the Aiur business model? What ecosystem business models will it support?
Querying the Knowledge Validation Engine will require payment in AIUR tokens, driving the demand side of the system’s economy. We envision a number of different initial use-cases outlined in the project’s white paper, involving R&D departments, research institutes, university students, academic consortia, software developers or individual researchers.
Third party developers will be able to use the knowledge included in the validated research repository to build a whole suite of value-added products and services. The business model applied will be up to each developer, but to the extent that they need AIUR tokens to query the Knowledge Validation Engine, they will be incentivised to accept AIUR as payment consideration
How much does your premium product cost for individual users?
In contrast with corporate and institutional users, interested individual users can apply today to be granted limited trial access at no cost. As community members, users will be offered in due course early access to acquire AIUR tokens at significant discounts. From the time of the token sale on, access to Iris.ai premium tools will be initially priced at 10 AIUR for an individual one-month license.
How will you avoid the legal issues faced by Sci-Hub?
We do not intend to violate copyright laws. Our approach to bringing about system change will be different. We focus on introducing alternative incentive schemes to encourage more open access publishing.
What rights do I get buying AIUR tokens? And are there any obligations?
As with any community, you have both. The full details on community membership status, rights and obligations can be checked in the token sale white paper – consult section ‘Planned ecosystem’ for more information.
How can I join project Aiur? Are there openings in the Iris.ai team?
The great thing about the structure of project Aiur is that anyone will be able to contribute, be it code, QA, training, or a research submission, so you are absolutely encouraged to take part. All defined contributions from the community will be compensated with AIUR tokens. We will have more information on ways to contribute and derived compensation as the project progresses.
On openings on the Iris.ai team, we do not have any at the moment, but will notify the community as positions become available, via our website or LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/company/iris-ai/.