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‘Worldcoin’ to share ID system with governments, corporations

Worldcoin’s ambition may be as big as that of OpenAI’s ChatGPT: namely, to disrupt the entire world and flip it into an outright Technocracy. It is openly discussed that Worldcoin is a stepping-stone to Universal Basic Income (UBI). Let me set the record straight – UBI is an idea only found in historic Technocracy. Period.Altman is a Technocrat promoting Technocracy, not socialism, communism or fascism. There is no conceivable or possible way to deal with the Altmans of the world without understanding this. Technocracy is taking over right under our noses with no resistance and will ultimately lead to outright scientific dictatorship. As I have said since the beginning of COVID in 2019, Technocracy’s coup d’etat is underway after four decades of preparation. ⁃ TN Editor

Worldcoin will expand its operations to sign up more users globally and aims to allow other organisations to use its iris-scanning and identity-verifying technology, a senior manager for the company behind the project told Reuters.

Co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Worldcoin launched last week, requiring users to give their iris scans in exchange for a digital ID and, in some countries, free cryptocurrency as part of plans to create a “identity and financial network”.

In sign-up sites around the world, people have been getting their faces scanned by a shiny spherical “orb”, shrugging off privacy campaigners’ concerns that the biometric data could be misused. Worldcoin says 2.2 million have signed up, mostly during a trial period over the last two years. Data watchdogs in Britain, France and Germany have said they are looking into the project.

“We are on this mission of building the biggest financial and identity community that we can,” said Ricardo Macieira, general manager for Europe at Tools For Humanity, the San Francisco and Berlin-based company behind the project.

Worldcoin raised $115 million from venture capital investors including Blockchain Capital, a16z crypto, Bain Capital Crypto and Distributed Global in a funding round in May.

Macieira said Worldcoin would continue rolling out operations in Europe, Latin America, Africa and “all the parts of the world that will accept us.”

Worldcoin’s website mentions various possible applications, including distinguishing humans from artificial intelligence, enabling “global democratic processes” and showing a “potential path” to universal basic income, although these outcomes are not guaranteed.

Most people interviewed by Reuters at sign-up sites in Britain, India and Japan last week said they were joining in order to receive the 25 free Worldcoin tokens the company says verified users can claim.

“I don’t think we are going to be the ones generating universal basic income. If we can do the infrastructure that allows for governments or other entities to do so we would be very happy,” Macieira said.

Companies could pay Worldcoin to use its digital identity system, for example if a coffee shop wants to give everyone one free coffee, then Worldcoin’s technology could be used to ensure that people do not claim more than one coffee without the shop needing to gather personal data, Macieira said.

“The idea is that as we build this infrastructure and that we allow other third parties to use the technology.”

In future, the technology behind the iris-scanning orb will be open-source, Macieira added.

“The idea is that anyone can in the future build their own orb and use it to benefit the community that it’s aiming for,” he said.

Privacy Concerns

Regulators and privacy campaigners have raised concerns about Worldcoin’s data collection, including whether users are giving informed consent and whether one company should be responsible for handling the data.

Worldcoin’s website says the project is “completely private” and that the biometric data is either deleted or users can opt to have it stored in encrypted form.

The Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision, which has jurisdiction in the European Union because Tools For Humanity has an office there, said it started investigating Worldcoin in November 2022 because of concerns about its large-scale processing of sensitive data.

Michael Will, president of the Bavarian regulator, said it would look into whether Worldcoin’s system is “safe and stable”.

The project “requires very, very ambitious security measures and lots of explanations and transparency to ensure that data protection requirements are not neglected,” Will said.

Will said people who hand over their data need “absolute clarity” about how and why it is processed.

Rainer Rehak, a researcher on AI and society at the Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin said that Worldcoin’s use of technology is “irresponsible” and that it is not clear what problems it would solve.

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    […]the world’s leading experts in the field of neuroscience and members of the Russian Neuronet group discussed neuroscience and neurotechnology – one of the most relevant areas of research.

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    He believes that in the modern world, many problems arise due to the fact that people cannot agree with each other on the joint use of certain resources. The Neuronet – through the organization of a kind of “collective mind” – will help to solve these problems.

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    The main stages of the development of the Neuronet, Source: Pavel Luksha. Presentation “Roadmap for the development of the Neuronet”, 2014

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    The main stages of Biometrinet development, Source: Pavel Luksha. Presentation “Roadmap for the development of the Neural network”, 2014

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    In the post below: Review of the roadmap of Neuronet from the PDF on National Technology Initiative.
    “The Neuronet Roadmap was approved by Protocol No. 1 of 02/28/2022 by absentee voting of the members of the Presidium of the Government Commission for Economic Modernization and Innovative Development of Russia.”

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