Project Aiur to Facilitate Academic Research With Blockchain & AI
There are many challenges in the world of science today thwarting global progress. In a highly profitable oligopolistic business with ghastly incentive misalignments, a radical change is needed. The only way to change this is with a movement – of researchers and scientists, librarians, scientific societies, R&D departments, universities, students, and innovators – coming together. 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.
Project Aiur aims to democratize science through blockchain enabled disintermediation. The team behind Iris.ai, an artificial intelligence tool that allows researchers to find critical scientific studies, on Monday launched a community-governed artificial intelligence (AI) engine, Project Aiur, to further the reach of scientific knowledge around the globe.
The whitepaper highlights, "Project Aiur has the following goals: (1) to bring together researchers, coders,and anyone interested in science into an open-governed community that will work to address the 5 problems outlined above; (2) to build together with the community an AI engine for Knowledge Validation; and, (3) to provide to the outside world a Validated Repository of scientific content. The members of the community will be the owners and will be able to benefit from the use of the software tools developed and the data produced. Each member will have voting rights based on their contributions and the characteristics of these (i.e. volume, type, etc.) to steer the community into the right direction via changing the processes, mechanics, and ideas whenever needed."
The AIUR token enables membership, voting rights and access to tools developed on top of the community’s software, and will be available in an initial coin offering, expected to launch in late May 2018, a statement said. Seventy-five percent of the funds will be allocated to the community itself. The AIUR token sale will target approximately USD 12.38 million, with a minimum for completion of 60 percent and a hard cap of 500 percent. Iris.ai’s founders will not receive any direct compensation, a statement said.
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