The Art Engine

How does Botto work?

Botto makes use of a combination of AI algorithms including VQGAN + CLIP, GPT-3, and a number of custom augmentations to generate all of the unique images, titles, and artist descriptions. Botto learns and develops based on votes from the community (see Voting).

Is there any human involvement in Botto’s process?

Other than voting, the only human involvement is in some minor edits of artist descriptions written by Botto for the final mint for typos and punctuation.

Can Botto add capabilities?

Yes, Botto will grow up and learn new abilities over time and as governance determines.

Where did Botto come from?

Botto is based on a 2018 whitepaper by generative artist Mario Klingemann (a.k.a. Quasimondo). Quasimondo is part of the founding team and designed Botto.

Botto's Art Engine

Key Dates

  • Voting rounds end every Tuesday, 22:00 CEST / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT

  • New rounds begin every Tuesday, 22:00 CEST / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT

  • New art fragments are added to the voting pool every Tuesday, 22:00 CEST / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT

  • Auctions are scheduled to begin every Wednesday, 22:00 CEST / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT

  • Auctions are scheduled to end every Friday, 22:00 CEST / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT

$BOTTO Tokens

Where do I get $BOTTO?

On Uniswap. We have a step-by-step guide if you need help.

The transaction is not going through!

Try again after increasing “slippage”. If this fails, describe your problem in #support.

Where do I see the price of $BOTTO?

On Coin Market Cap or Coin Gecko.

What is the token distribution?

30% treasury - 30% airdrop - 20% liquidity mining program - 20% team

Token Distribution

Access Pass

Where do I get an Access Pass?

You can mint an access pass on the Botto site here.

How can I get a free Access Pass?

You need to be one of the selected communities to receive a Community Access Pass, or have $BOTTO staked. You will automatically see your eligibility on the mint page. Can Access Passes earn rewards as well?

No, you must be staking at least 2000 $BOTTO to earn the revenue distributions.

Should I get an Access Pass or $BOTTO?

$BOTTO is the only way to get full membership into the DAO, however the Access Pass is designed for a simpler entry into the Botto ecosystem. It provides voting points to vote on the art, and there are $BOTTO rewards for completing certain actions that enable users to earn their way into membership and help cover the costs of joining. Access Passes will also add voting points to what is already earned from staked $BOTTO, but cannot be stacked beyond your highest earning Access Pass.

Voting and VPs

How do I vote/help train the AI?

Go to app.botto.com and:

  • Stake your $BOTTO or LP tokens, or get an Access Pass, to earn voting points (VPs)

  • Vote for your favorite pieces (“fragments”)

What’s the right voting strategy to best train Botto?

Go with your gut and pick your favorite of the two fragments presented to you, even if you don’t love either one.

Does spending more VPs add more weight for training?

No, spending more VPs only makes the fragment more likely to be picked for auction at the end of the week. As far as training goes, all votes are equal regardless of weight.

How do I get VPs?

Stake your $BOTTO or LP tokens, or get an Access Pass or Pipe to start earning VPs. The VP generation mechanism is explained in more detail on the page below.

Voting Mechanism

Do I get any rewards from voting?

Yes, 50% of revenue is distributed at the end of each round according to your proportion of all VP spent that round. There are also emissions for staking LP tokens that pay out in $BOTTO.


When and where does the art get auctioned off?

Each week, Botto mints one artwork and then puts it to auction on SuperRare. The winning fragment is announced on Tuesday, the auction starts on Wednesday and ends on Fridays. Bids are tracked in #announcements on Discord.

What happens with the proceeds?

50% of revenue is distributed directly to contributors, the other 50% goes to the treasury controlled by the DAO.


Support & suggestions

How do I report a bug, ask for support, suggest another question for the FAQ, or give feedback?

Add your suggestion or ask a question using the #feedback channel on Discord.

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