OpenAI's Sam Altman wants to convince billions of people to scan their eyes to prove they aren't bots. Meet Worldcoin, the founder's crypto project - 2023-03-21

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F0.png OpenAI's Sam Altman wants to convince billions of people to scan their eyes to prove they aren't bots. Meet Worldcoin, the founder's crypto project March 21, 2023, Leo Schwartz, fortune.com

The Worldcoin orb resembles a bowling ball conceived by Steve Jobs or an oversized Magic 8 ball possessed by HAL 9000. Its glossy exterior envelops the sphere, save for a gaping black circle in the front that houses three sensors positioned in a triangle.

Making the object round was an engineering nightmare, but the symbolism was too vital to ignore. The orb isn't a perfect sphere but two halves that come together at an angle that matches the orbit of the Earth—designed by Thomas Meyerhoffer, the first hire of Apple legend Jony Ive.

Architectural marvel that it is, the orb serves a simple purpose: It scans your iris and converts the biometric image into an impenetrable string of numbers, which Worldcoin refers to as an "IrisCode." When combined with an algorithm, the code verifies you're a unique human.

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{{cite news | first = Leo | last = Schwartz | title = OpenAI's Sam Altman wants to convince billions of people to scan their eyes to prove they aren't bots. Meet Worldcoin, the founder's crypto project | url = https://fortune.com/crypto/2023/03/21/sam-altman-orb-scan-eyeballs-ai-bot-worldcoin/ | work = fortune.com | date = March 21, 2023 | accessdate = May 20, 2023 }}