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Worldcoin’s ID system open to governments and businesses

TL;DR

  • The dystopian crypto project Worldcoin is expanding its iris-scanning technology for identity verification to governments and businesses globally.
  • Over 2.2 million people have signed up, with some receiving free cryptocurrency.
  • The company has raised $115 million from venture capital investors for expansion into various regions.

Worldcoin’s ambitious move to make its iris-scanning and identity-verifying technology accessible to governments and businesses alike marks a bold step in the rapidly growing field of digital identity and financial networking.

The company, co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, is both attracting millions and drawing scrutiny over privacy concerns.

Worldcoin expanding operations and raising eyebrows

Worldcoin, having launched last week, is already making waves with its shiny spherical “orb” that scans faces in exchange for a digital ID and, in some countries, free cryptocurrency.

In an aim to create an “identity and financial network,” Worldcoin has embarked on a mission to build the largest financial and identity community possible, according to Ricardo Macieira, the general manager for Europe at Tools For Humanity, the company spearheading the project.

This effort to expand globally doesn’t come without pushback. Privacy advocates are wary of potential misuse of biometric data, and data watchdogs in Britain, France, and Germany have announced they’re looking into the project.

Still, Worldcoin’s allure has drawn over 2.2 million sign-ups, primarily during a trial period over the last two years.

In May, Worldcoin secured $115 million in a funding round from venture capital investors, reinforcing the company’s intent to continue rolling out operations across Europe, Latin America, Africa, and beyond.

Many of the new sign-ups are motivated by the chance to receive 25 free Worldcoin tokens, a verifiable claim the company offers.

The Path Forward Amid Privacy Concerns

Worldcoin’s potential reaches far beyond simple token distribution. The company’s website alludes to applications ranging from distinguishing humans from artificial intelligence, enabling global democratic processes, and even paving a potential path to universal basic income.

While the outcomes aren’t guaranteed, the underlying technology offers a tantalizing promise.

The idea that companies and governments can pay Worldcoin to use its digital identity system opens doors to creative applications. Imagine a coffee shop, for instance, utilizing Worldcoin’s technology to ensure a one-time free coffee offer without gathering personal data from customers.

The technology’s future expansion includes an open-source pathway, where anyone can build their “orb,” according to Macieira. The intent is for the community to benefit from this access.

However, this ambitious undertaking is not without its critics. Regulators and privacy campaigners are voicing concerns about Worldcoin’s large-scale processing of sensitive data.

The Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision began an investigation into Worldcoin in November 2022, probing its safety and stability.

Rainer Rehak, a researcher on AI and society, referred to Worldcoin’s use of technology as “irresponsible,” and questioned the problems it might solve, labeling it as a significant project aimed at creating a new consumer base for Web3 and crypto products.

Worldcoin Foundation, in response, has emphasized its compliance with all personal data laws and continues to cooperate with governing bodies on privacy and data protection practices.

All in all, this venture represents a fascinating blend of ambition, innovation, and controversy. While the efforts to expand its operations and enable the utilization of its technology by governments and businesses are noteworthy, it is equally crucial for the company to navigate the treacherous waters of privacy concerns and regulatory scrutiny.

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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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