Isaac is a blockchain-backed reward platform for crowdsourcing user reviews and feedback for online articles. Based on the fast and innovative Stellar network, Isaac is an independent and unaffiliated evaluation system for any online content. The project was inspired by the growing need for impartial judgement of the wealth of online information to reveal biased sources and combat fake news. We aim to accomplish this by providing tools on the Isaac website and a browser-based extension that can be used to review articles, user-generated content, and public data by a set of fixed survey questions. Users earn Isaac tokens for rating the quality, objectivity, or usefulness of the online content. These survey responses are aggregated to provide consensus scores for judging the validity and trustworthiness of the reviewed content. Reward tokens may then be traded to view evaluations by other users and of any Isaac-supported online content.
Isaac is the expert friend you can trust for verified online content. We aim to provide a service that incentivizes the contribution of honest evaluations of online content and then utilizes these user evaluations to provide summarized ratings and rankings for articles, content creators, and websites.
The Isaac extension is shown above interfacing the TradingView website to collect user reviews on stock predictions. The collected data are then automatically aggregated and analyzed to provide visual feedback on posted TradingView Ideas. Isaac users can view other reviews and the aggregated data by trading in Isaac tokens. Isaac Trend Data provides further enhancement of TradingView Ideas by providing statistical summaries of user comments and outcomes. Isaac applies advanced analytics to provide an easy way distinguish between valid and erroneous predictions.
Users can review content of scientific databases such as MoNA, Massbank of North America, by using either the browser extension or evaluation tool provided on the Isaac website. With the advent of large data analysis, reliable curation of scientific data is desperately needed. Citizen science platforms such as Zooniverse have successfully demonstrated that the volunteered participation of non-experts can yield tangible scientific results. The contributions of these volunteers require identification of patterns and anomalies that cannot be easily automated without substantial training data. Isaac expands on this foundation by seamlessly integrating into any open-access online resources and by providing Isaac tokens as a reward to scientific contributors
We have completed Phase One of our build plan. Below we describe the upcoming phases of Isaac development goals in detail:
Phase One (Completed, December 2017):
- Prototype launch of the Isaac website and Google Chrome extension that supports evaluation of TradingView Ideas, scientific news articles from major news outlets, and mass spectral records provided by MassBank of North America
- Validation of rewards payout method on the Stellar test network
Phase Two (In Progress, March 2018):
- Expansion of supported websites for content review
- Cross-browser support for Isaac extension
- Optimization of abuse detection and bot deterrent strategies in large-scale tests
- Development of an analytics dashboard to investigate gathered data and improve scoring and ranking systems
- Register the Isaac Token on Moonbase
Phase Three, May 2018:
- Release of White Paper
- Launch of Isaac on the public Stellar network
- Implement a discussion board open for suggestions of web content expansion and improvement of evaluation questions
The People behind Isaac:
The Isaac team has been formed from a tight knit group of friends who have been working together for several years in the field of scientific data analysis and software development. We received a lot of support from friends and contributors during the development of this project, who are mentioned on the main Isaac website.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where can we find the Isaac website:
You can access the Isaac website at http://isaac.interational
When will Isaac launch on the test network:
Isaac will be launched, at the 15th of March to the public, on the test network. This is basically the public beta before we go live on the production network.
When will Isaac launch on the production network:
Isaac will be launched in May 2018 on the stellar production network, after the white paper is publicly released.
What can I do with Isaac tokens?:
In the beta stage, we intend for Isaac to be complete free for users. Once it becomes more established, we will establish a subscription-based model where users receive a certain number of free Isaac Trend Data per day but can spend Isaac tokens for full monthly access to the review data.
How can I find out more about Isaac:
We would love to talk to you using our public slack account and answer all your questions. You can find us at https://isaactoken.slack.com (Invite Link)
How can I install the Isaac extension:
The Isaac extension is in process of being registered in the chrome web store and will be freely available by March 15th.