IQ token

The IQ token is a dedicated to building a more intelligent future through artificial intelligence and technology. The IQ token powers a knowledge ecosystem including applications such as , an AI-powered search engine, and , the world's largest cryptocurrency and blockchain encyclopedia. The IQ token is a DeFi and governance token with IQ stakers governing the platform. The token is managed by which holds a treasury of IQ tokens, , blue chip , and other digital assets. [29] [32]

The IQ token is integral to . IQ token holders who stake their tokens with the HiIQ staking system, vote on governance decisions involving both the platform and the IQ token itself.

After the beta period, plans on introducing HiIQ Brain Pass NFTs for IQ stakers which will provide several benefits including the ability to edit on Users will also be able to acquire the NFTs by purchasing them with IQ tokens.

Artificial Intelligence

In February 2023, became of the first decentralized applications to integrate artificial intelligence. integrated OpenAI's GPT-3 model for summarizing wiki articles. The AI integration allows large pages like the wiki on the  to be summarized in seconds.[32]

In the blog post announcing the integration, the BrainDAO team shared some more information on future AI integrations. They also explained how the IQ token rewards could be used to build a system around training artificial intelligence which would incentivize the testing and development of artificial intelligence. [32]

"And this is just the beginning. We are exploring several use cases for AI within the IQ ecosystem. BrainDAO is looking into how AI could be used to translate articles into different languages. This would break down barriers and make it much easier for editors to collaborate and share knowledge about the blockchain space. Another use case is identifying potential trending topics before they became popular. AI could also be used to edit wiki articles for spelling and grammar as well as neutrality. AI will be a key tool in scaling and increasing the utility of the IQ token.

The IQ token powers a knowledge ecosystem that includes decentralized applications such as The platform was built from the ground up to be fully Web3 with all edits recorded on-chain through Polygon and IPFS.

In 2023, BrainDAO will focus on not only integrating AI into the platform but also building a system around training artificial intelligence. Through IQ token rewards for contributions to the encyclopedia BrainDAO has the opportunity to incentivize the testing and development of artificial intelligence. We’ll be sharing more about our plans for 2023 soon."

On March 22, 2023, integrated GPT-4. In the blog post announcing the integration, the BrainDAO also added [36]:

BrainDAO is now focused on developing its own AI by training its LLM with wiki articles on to improve the quality of summaries further.


is a blockchain-focused AI search engine developed by As the world's first AI Crypto Search Engine, it provides real-time, contextually relevant information within the blockchain domain. It caters to various use cases, including learning, development, and trading activities, with the ability to streamline research processes and filter out irrelevant data.[37]

The engine was launched in 2023 and is powered by the IQ token. It pulls reliable data from a wide range of sources including’s content database, The Associated Press News, , , , and .

Upon its initial launch, users were onboarded through a waitlist system. However, those staking IQ tokens (HiIQ holders) with a minimum of 100,000 HiIQ balance were allowed early access and could bypass the waitlist.

, Chief Brain of , said in a comment to :

"Reading through a 1,000 word encyclopedia entry to answer a question is difficult and time consuming for users, and the GPT-4 search engine solves that as users can simply ask a question. At the same time, by making information search easier, the search engine, called IQ GPT, helps fight misinformation and makes onboarding easier for new traders."[38]


The IQ token is managed by which is governed by IQ stakers. The value of the IQ token is also backed by BrainDAO's treasury of IQ tokens, stablecoins, blue chip NFTs, and other digital assets. BrainDAO's portfolio of , IQ tokens, , blue chip , and other digital assets back the value of the IQ token. By September 2022, the BrainDAO treasury amassed over $2 million in wrapped ethereum and over $5 million in total assets. By February 2023, BrainDAO's treasury had reached a value of over $15 million. [35] The BrainDAO treasury is fully governed by IQ token stakers. The treasury accumulated ETH over time through  Pro bonds and later bonds. The BrainDAO treasury has also accumulated  stablecoins through the Time-Weighted Average Market Maker (TWAMM) on . [17] [34]


Centralized Exchanges

The IQ token was listed on the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, , in June of 2020. The IQ token is also listed on and , South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchange. [23] [24] [25] [26] [22]


On September 20, 2023 Binance announced that the IQ token will gain an IQ/ pair at 2023-09-22 08:00 (UTC). At the time of the announcement, Tether had a market cap of over $83 billion making it the world's largest stablecoin by market cap. The pair replaces the IQ token's previous IQ/ pair. [39] [40] [41]


In September of 2022, the IQ token was listed with an IQ-FRAX pair on Fraxswap, the first constant product with an embedded time-weighted average market maker (TWAMM) Fraxswap is the first constant product automated market maker with an embedded time-weighted average market maker (TWAMM). The IQ-FRAX pool is incentivized with IQ token rewards and FXS rewards for IQ-FRAX liquidity providers. [27] [28]



HiIQ launched on August 4, 2021, and was created to incentivize IQ holders to become long-term holders who stake and lock up their IQ tokens. The HiIQ staking system allows IQ holders to choose how long they want to lock up their IQ for in addition to the number of IQ tokens they would like to stake. The greater the amount of IQ locked and the greater the length of time the tokens are locked the greater the HiIQ balance of the staker. Stakers then receive IQ token rewards in proportion to their HiIQ balance. [18]

Technical Background

HiIQ is a vesting and yield system based off of Curve’s veCRV mechanism. Users may lock up their IQ for up to 4 years for four times the amount of HiIQ (e.g. 100 IQ locked for 4 years returns 400 HiIQ). HiIQ is not a transferable token nor does it trade on liquid markets. It is more akin to an account-based point system that signifies the vesting duration of the wallet's locked IQ tokens within the protocol. The HiIQ balance linearly decreases as tokens approach their lock expiry, approaching 1 HiIQ per 1 IQ at zero lock time remaining. This design encourages long-term staking and an active community. Sushiswap has proposed a similar implementation with their recently announced oSushi token. A sample graph (Curve’s veCRV) illustrating the decrease can be found at this address.


IQIP-14: New IQ Tokenomics for the New Platform

On October 11, 2022, a proposal IQIP-14: New IQ Tokenomics for went up for voting. The proposal involved setting up new tokenomics for the IQ token. The proposal involved moving to a halvening model for the IQ token like Bitcoin and FXS which provides higher initial emissions to incentivize early adopters and gradually lowers emissions to ensure long-term sustainability. The vote passed with over 750 million HiIQ voting in favor of the proposal. [30]

On November 1, 2022, the team implemented the proposal in the largest update to the IQ tokenomics since the launch of the IQ token in 2018.

Maximum Supply

In June of 2021, the maximum supply of IQ was permanently hard-capped at 21 billion IQ tokens to minimize the risk of dilution and to bring the IQ token in line with Bitcoin's maximum supply cap of 21 million tokens.


On December 6, 2017, Everipedia announced they were building "the first encyclopedia on the blockchain," and they are working on a cryptocurrency token called IQ which would be used to govern the platform and incentivize editors. Prior to expanding onto the blockchain, Everipedia had an IQ points system where editors would get non-tradable points to signify how many contributions they had made to the site. [33]

In 2018, the IQ token launched and the Everipedia encyclopedia moved onto the blockchain. On July 12, 2018, Everipedia airdropped 51% of the IQ token supply to EOS holders. Everipedia Co-Founder and CTO Travis Moore explained that by doing an airdrop Everipedia would ensure the widest possible distribution of IQ tokens with every EOS holder receiving tokens.[16]

"The airdrop will play a significant role in helping Everipedia accomplish as wide of a distribution as possible for IQ tokens."

~3.5% of the tokens marked for the airdrop were not airdropped since those tokens were held by exchanges that did not support the airdrop. These tokens were instead re-invested into the Everipedia ecosystem through the IQ Fund. [31]

About 15.7% of the supply was locked up for founders and early backers. These tokens vested throughout a period that began on May 4th, 2020 and ended on May 4th, 2022.

10% of the initial supply was held by the company, as a treasury. The company treasury has been used for partnerships, development, and other ecosystem and IQ growth initiatives. The original account for the team treasury was ytehekdmilty.

About 14.7% of the initial supply was held by EOS VC. Almost exactly 5% of the initial supply was held by the IQ Fund. A fund of tokens we have committed to using/investing to support developers and projects looking to build IQ token related products and DeFi dApps. The IQ Fund’s tokens might be sold periodically for stablecoin equivalents to keep the fund rebalanced and in good standing. The initial account for the IQ Fund was everipediavc.

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