Worldcoin is a project that merges AI and cryptocurrency with the aim of creating a global network of digital identities. It utilizes an “orb” device to scan a person’s iris, creating unique World IDs. These IDs serve as proof of personhood, allowing users to verify their identities online without disclosing personal data and being rewarded with Worldcoin tokens. The Worldcoin Foundation is listed as the technology’s steward, but claims to have no owners or shareholders.
The excitement surrounding Worldcoin is due to its promise of combining two prominent financial trends – AI and crypto. However, the project has faced several controversies. These include accusations of deceptive practices to attract participants in specific countries, theft of login credentials, and black-market sales of World IDs. The project has taken steps to upgrade its security measures and has registered and created digital identities for over 2.1 million people. As of July 31, Worldcoin has a market capitalization of $267 million.
Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI and a well-known figure in the AI industry, spearheads the project. His involvement, as well as his role in the development of the popular ChatGPT chatbot service, has contributed to Worldcoin’s increasing attention.
Unfortunately, Worldcoin tokens are not available in the United States due to uncertain regulatory rules regarding cryptocurrency. Despite this, the project presents an innovative approach to digital identities and merges AI and cryptocurrency. While ongoing scrutiny and regulatory challenges pose potential obstacles for its future development, Worldcoin is likely to continue making a name for itself in the cryptocurrency space.