Across 2 million people from all across the world have joined OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s new cryptocurrency initiative WorldCoin since it launched on July 24. ChatGPT was developed by the AI startup OpenAi. WorldCoin’s use of biometrics is what sets it apart from other cryptocurrencies. Some countries, including France, Germany, and Kenya, have expressed concern over its unusual registration process, which involves scanning participants’ irises.
There are at least 17 registration locations in India, the most majority of which are found in Delhi Metro stations in the NCR and a couple in Bengaluru. On the other hand, the WorldCoin website lists only three sites in Japan, whereas the United States has ten.According to their website, “The Worldcoin protocol aims to be the world’s largest identity and financial public network, open to everyone regardless of location, origin, or socioeconomic standing.”
The project’s developers have been hard at work over the past few years with the declared goal of giving everyone their own secure digital identification. Our mission is to open up the world economy to everyone. To that end, we’re trying to make available a new digital token to everyone, no matter their location or whether they have a passport or other form of official identification.
WorldCoin is working on a system called a “World ID” that will allow users to access their accounts in a way that only “real humans” can. Signing up and completing an in-person eye scan at designated locations is required for this service. During the scan, the customer’s irises will be shown on a screen within an orb-shaped device. An individual’s humanity can be confirmed by scanning their irises with the orb, at which point a World ID is generated.
The argument here is that using a person’s biometric data will assist distinguish between AI and humans, as well as stop people from creating many accounts under the same name. WorldCoin asserts that this number can be used as a form of identification in numerous commonplace contexts, such as a bitcoin wallet, without compromising the privacy of the user.
The Worldcoin token (WLD) is its cryptocurrency, while the World App facilitates “payment, purchases, and transfers globally using digital assets and traditional currencies.” The World ID is a digital identification for “proving an individual’s unique personhood.”
Access to the app or tokens is guaranteed without the need to create a World ID (through orb scanning). But it does offer benefits to those who comply.Having your eyes scanned at registration is mandatory for making a World ID. WorldCoin is offering a certain quantity of their cryptocurrency for free as an incentive, with the expectation that its value would rise over time. “Eligible verified users can claim 1 free WLD token per week with no maximum, and the amount is consistent across applicable regions,” the website reads.