Worldcoin, a digital identity and crypto payment project co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, has officially launched after three years of development. The project aims to achieve global deployment through a unique approach in digital verification. Worldcoin uses a device called an “orb” to scan people’s eyelids and create a unique digital identity known as a WorldID. This identity serves as “proof of identity” and helps address the challenges posed by artificial intelligence (AI) in determining what content is human-generated.
Along with the launch of the OP mainnet blockchain, WorldCoin has also started distributing the WorldCoin crypto token to WorldID holders. The project plans to expand eyeball-scanning signups to more countries. However, the project has faced criticism for its actions in countries such as Indonesia, Ghana and Chile. Despite this, the growing interest and excitement surrounding AI has helped create even more excitement for Worldcoin.
The regulatory environment surrounding crypto poses a challenge for the project, as WorldCoin’s token is currently unavailable in the United States due to growing tensions over crypto regulation. Altman and co-founder Alex Blanea expressed hope for a more rational approach to crypto regulation in the US. Blania also expressed enthusiasm for expanding the use of WorldCoin in Asia, particularly Japan and South Korea.
Worldcoin has implemented enhanced security measures after experiencing issues such as theft of login credentials and black market sales of WorldIDs. These incidents prompted the implementation of two-factor identity authentication and a security feature that detects suspicious logins.
Blania and Altman emphasized the importance of decentralization in their mission. They believe that crypto is not just a label but a technology used to make certain products. Altman has stated that he has no undue influence on the crypto market and is relatively unknown and unpopular in the crypto world.
Overall, the launch of WorldCoin represents a significant milestone for the project and its promise in addressing the challenges of digital verification and identity in an AI-powered world.