Worldcoin, a project partly created by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, launched the project’s ecosystem token on July 24.
The project has continuously split opinions from within the crypto space to Silicon Valley, with some praising the project’s ambition and others calling it creepy and dystopian. Despite these comments, the project continues to pursue its goal of solving income inequality and online identity authentication.
It’s time. 24.7.23 pic.twitter.com/9oHW4DIMJX
— Worldcoin (@worldcoin) July 23, 2023
The project was first launched on March 14, along with a waitlist for its software development kit (SDK). According to its team, the World ID will be a global digital passport that users can store on their phones. The project also claims that the World ID will prove they are not robots without needing to provide personal identifying information to websites, such as their phone number.
On May 8, the project released its gas-free crypto wallet for verified humans. This allowed users to take advantage of gas-free transfers by registering for a World ID, where they would be asked to provide a phone number or an iris scan.
According to the developers, the project does not store the data provided by the users. It generates a zero-knowledge proof to verify that the user is human without revealing the data used to create the proof.
Ahead of the launch, crypto exchange Binance announced that it would be listing the token on its platform.
— Binance (@binance) July 24, 2023
Meanwhile, blockchain security firm PeckShield has detected that a fake Worldcoin token has already performed a rug pull.
While many expressed support for the project, various community members have also opposed the idea. Former Twitter CEO and Bitcoin supporter Jack Dorsey tweeted that “at no time should a corporation or state own any part of the global financial system.“
The project also recorded over 2 million sign-ups to its World ID project on July 14. During its token launch, Altman tweeted his hopes of bringing this number to 2 billion.
On May 25, the project secured $115 million to support its decentralized identification system and crypto wallet, the World App. Its team took advantage of the rise of artificial intelligence technology to pitch a “decentralized, privacy-preserving solution” that will protect humanity online and allow people to take control of their identities.