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Crypto's next craze? Orbs that scan your eyeballs

By David Yaffe-Bellany

07 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

informed Summary

  1. Tools for Humanity, a crypto company co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, has launched Worldcoin, a cryptocurrency project that aims to scan the irises of all 8 billion humans on Earth. The scans will be used to create a unique digital ID for each person, which can then be used to distribute small amounts of cryptocurrency.

NEW YORK — One evening last month, a crowd of cryptocurrency enthusiasts gathered at an art gallery in downtown Manhattan. They were greeted by a scene from science fiction.

At one end of the room was an open bar. Across from it stood a loose array of gray pedestals, arranged like a futuristic Stonehenge, each displaying a metal sphere about the size of a bowling ball.

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