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Worldcoin: The Controversial Proposed Universal Token

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Worldcoin is a proposed universal token developed by Tools for Humanity, a company co-founded by Sam Altman, who is also the CEO of OpenAI, known for its popular ChatGPT chatbot. The project aims to address issues related to verifying personhood (which is especially pressing with the rise of increasingly human-like AI) and creating a global digital token for universal income.

Scanning Eyes for Unique Identification

Worldcoin has scanned over 2 million eyes worldwide to develop a unique identification system. Through the use of Orb operators equipped with specialized devices manufactured in Germany, individuals’ irises are scanned, generating a distinct IrisCode. This code is stored on the decentralized blockchain to prevent fraudulent activities. The use of this unique identification, called WorldID, is expected to enable a universal income system that bridges the gap between the rich and poor in society.

Controversies and Criticisms

Worldcoin has faced several controversies and criticisms. Critics have accused the project of deceptive marketing practices and collecting more personal data than disclosed, raising concerns about data privacy and security. Some have questioned the project’s intentions in underdeveloped nations, and others have raised issues about the limited number of Orbs and the potential risk of centralization in the ID-creating process.

Response to Criticisms

In response to the criticism, Worldcoin’s developers clarified that they are “only interested in a user’s uniqueness and not their identity” and denied being a data company. They emphasized the importance of a successful proof of personhood verification system to keep AI bots out of its global financial network.

Hacking Concerns and Market Hesitation

Prior to its launch, Worldcoin faced hacking concerns, with malware being installed by hackers to access sensitive data. However, Worldcoin assured that no sensitive or personal data was compromised. After its launch, the token’s market price initially surged but later experienced hesitation among the cryptocurrency community due to concerns raised by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin about data collection and possible centralization.

Investor Backing

Worldcoin has received backing from investors such as Sam Bankman-Fried of the now-defunct crypto exchange FTX and collapsed crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital. However, this has raised concerns among some members of the crypto community.

Worldcoin’s proposed universal token aims to revolutionize income distribution and address issues related to AI-generated counterfeits and income inequality. While it has faced controversies and criticisms, its developers remain committed and confident in proving the value of their proof of personhood verification system.

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