Iris.ai, a company using AI to help speed up the research process for academic and corporate R&D, has launched a pre-sale for its AIUR tokens. The tokens are now available to students and researchers from academic institutions – with a pre-sale discount of up to 30%.
AIUR tokens will support Iris.ai’s Project Aiur – a project that allows scientists to semi-automate the process of checking the factual base of any research hypothesis. Using AI and blockchain technology to assess and appraise the validity of a piece of scientific research, Project Aiur aims to fight misinformation in science and hopes to eventually fix the perverse incentives of the scientific process. AIUR tokens can be used to demand services from the knowledge validation tool and from directly linked third party services like Iris.ai’s Premium Tools.
Minimum purchase volume for the AIUR tokens is approximately €80 corresponding to 20 AIUR where each token is valued, pre discount, at ETH 0.01 (c. €4). Participants will need to be affiliated with a university as either students or researchers to qualify. A 30% discount will be offered during the first two weeks of the launch, after which it will drop to 25%, 22% and 20% over consecutive two-week periods.
Anita Schjøll Brede, CEO and co-founder of Iris.ai, said: “The process of scientific enquiry is so often hampered by a prevalence of poor quality research. The current academic funding system makes academics and researchers reliant on quantity rather than the quality of their work, leading to shaky assumptions and irreproducible results. This system is controlled by a minority of publishing houses who are profiting from the hard work of academics and researchers while damaging the overall quality. This is why we are launching this special presale only for these academics.”
The goal of Project Aiur is to liberate researchers and academics from a system of misaligned incentives that encourages them to exaggerate facts and omit assumptions as they are told to produce quantity over quality. As it stands such practices are deemed acceptable in an industry that may lack accountability and can be driven by profit rather than a commitment to the betterment of scientific progress.
Schjøll Brede continued: “In creating community-owned tools to fact-check scientific content and creating new incentives for Open Access publishing, we will have an opportunity to seize power back from these publishing houses and will hand it back to the academic community that does all the hard work. Our core user base will be the academic and scientific community. At time when science plays such a powerful role in society, if you are a person in the field who wants to see progress and integrity in scientific endeavours, join Project Aiur and own AIUR tokens.”