Worldcoin is scanning eyeballs to build a global ID and finance system. Governments are not impressed - 2023-08-08

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F0.png Worldcoin is scanning eyeballs to build a global ID and finance system. Governments are not impressed August 8, 2023, Katharine Kemp, The Conversation

Millions of people worldwide are lining up to stare into a silver sphere about the size of a bowling ball so their irises can be scanned in exchange for online identity verification and "free" cryptocurrency.

The silver spheres, known as "Orbs", are part of the Worldcoin platform, which officially launched in July 2023 after an 18-month testing phase. Led by Sam Altman (chief executive of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT) and entrepreneur Alex Blania, Worldcoin offers users a "digital passport" known as World ID and small allocations of a cryptocurrency token also called Worldcoin (WLD), "simply for being human".

Worldcoin aims to provide a "proof of personhood" to distinguish humans from artificial intelligence (AI) systems online.

However, critics say the company is essentially bribing people to hand over highly sensitive biometric data. Governments are taking note: the Worldcoin platform has already been suspended in Kenya, and is under investigation in several other countries.

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{{cite news | first = Katharine | last = Kemp | title = Worldcoin is scanning eyeballs to build a global ID and finance system. Governments are not impressed | url = https://theconversation.com/worldcoin-is-scanning-eyeballs-to-build-a-global-id-and-finance-system-governments-are-not-impressed-210980 | work = The Conversation | date = August 8, 2023 | accessdate = December 7, 2023 }}