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  • Mal McCallion

Sam Altman's Worldcoin captures 2.2m eyeballs

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

If you've ever had trouble buying a pint down your local because you look underage - or you've been deepfaked and worry about losing your relationship over it - then Saint Sam of Altman has the solution to both ills.

The guy just can't stop giving.

Not content with creating OpenAI (then making it closed), Altman has been leading the charge to solve the problem of identity theft via AI. That solution is The Orb, a terrifying-sounding piece of hardware that captures your unique retina in a scan and then stores it forever. In case you do ever find yourself compromised by his other invention's AI tendency to hallucinate, Sam's global team will image your eyeballs, which can also prove that you couldn't have been in your friend's holiday social media image when you phoned in sick at work.

2.2m people have now queued up to get their identity recorded on these devices and, in return, each has received £38.40 of cryptocurrency in the form of Worldcoin, Altman's version of Bitcoin.

Hope you're keeping up.

Is this just a play to create some kind of competitor to Elon Musk's favourite meme currency Dogecoin? It does smell a little fishy. After all, they say the best way to ensure that your medicine sells is to make everybody sick.

If OpenAI and the other Titans of AI are selling us products that destroy trust in our own ability to believe what we see, why not sell us a patch for that, in the form of a new 'digital passport' that we never knew we needed before?

2,200,000 people out of 7,000,000,000 isn't that much - yet. I wonder what new things Sam will create that will force that number higher ...?

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