Ever since its launch on July 24, Worldcoin has been under the spotlight, capturing the attention of users who are eagerly embracing its innovative approach to digital identity verification through iris scans. However, alongside this enthusiasm, there are also concerns emerging regarding its data collection methods.
The central premise of Worldcoin revolves around offering users a digital ID facilitated by an iris scan. This futuristic method not only enables instantaneous online verification but also holds the potential for issuing universal basic income (UBI) in the future. While the project is still in its nascent stages, it has already established a partnership with Auth0, a platform that empowers thousands of clients to utilize World ID for sign-ins. Tiago Sada, the head of product at Tools for Humanity, the entity behind Worldcoin, expressed optimism about the upcoming months, foreseeing an acceleration in integrations with various platforms.
Sada emphasized that following its recent launch, the project has made its software development kit (SDK) accessible to any developer since the previous Monday. Additionally, the project has also successfully integrated with Discord. Looking forward, Sada anticipates devoting considerable effort to help businesses integrate their systems with Worldcoin’s technology. Notably, it was reported by Reuters that Worldcoin’s ambitions extend beyond individual users. The project envisions extending its services to governments and organizations, offering them the opportunity to leverage its software.
Sada clarified that since Worldcoin operates as an open identity protocol built on top of zero-knowledge proofs, its adoption is open to anyone adhering to the established rules of the protocol. He pointed out that this includes governments that have faced challenges related to identity verification due to the prevalence of fraudulent documents circulating on the black market. He made it clear that Worldcoin does not intend to replace traditional identification documents like passports or driver’s licenses; rather, it is designed to complement them.
Regarding inquiries from governments, Sada revealed that several governments have approached the project in recent months to understand the protocol better. However, no specific integrations have been announced yet. On the other hand, while some governments have expressed curiosity about Worldcoin’s potential, others have voiced concerns about privacy and data collection. The German government, represented by the data watchdog, initiated an investigation into Worldcoin prior to its official launch in November 2022.
Sada further highlighted the challenge of constructing applications that are resistant to automated bots, a problem that has persisted historically. With the emergence of artificial intelligence, this challenge is becoming more intricate yet imperative to tackle. He underlined that the world is inevitably moving towards adopting solutions like Worldcoin in the coming years, and the project’s aspiration is to achieve this in a manner that is both privacy-preserving and decentralized.
In the context of the flourishing landscape of AI tools and applications, concerns about fake news and deep fakes have already risen. An incident on July 3 underscored these concerns when AI-generated fake news propagated rumors of the resignation of Gary Gensler, the chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In a testament to its global outreach, Worldcoin has already deployed over 1,500 metal orbs for in-person iris scans and sign-ups across various physical locations worldwide, including major cities like London, Paris, and Dubai. As the project continues to evolve, it holds the promise of revolutionizing digital identity verification while navigating the intricacies of data privacy and security in an AI-driven era.