by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
While the American public and even some U.S. politicians have been sounding the alarm recently over the dangers of the potential future rollout of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), and the loss of all privacy in any financial transactions, a new blockchain financial network that was launched in 2019, before COVID, has been gaining momentum here in 2023 and is now being used in dozens of countries around the world with over 1.5 million users.
And it is now being launched in the United States: World ID with the Worldcoin cryptocurrency.
World ID is not some concept for the future. It is already here, and already being used around the world with the World App and Worldcoin, for both financial transactions and “World ID checks.”
Since its initial debut, 1.5 million people have joined the World App pre-release, more than 500,000 of which use it every month. On a typical day, it sees around 60,000 transactions and 25,000 World ID checks among other actions from over 100,000 people in a handful of countries. Today we’re excited to introduce Phase I of World App, and to make it globally available for the first time. (Source.)
Why have so many people around the world so quickly signed up for a World ID?
Because they are being offered free cryptocurrency, and in some cases even free money in their local currencies, by using their new World ID.
And what do they have to do to receive this free money?
They just have to have their eyeball scanned by the Worldcoin “Orb” which will then create their unique World ID.
Scanning one’s eyeball seems like a pretty creepy way to create an ID, so what is the rationale to use one’s eye as a biometric ID?
It is to prove that “you are human” and not an AI, or so they say.
This system is going to be rolled out in the United States within the next few weeks, so if you are not familiar with this network yet, I suggest you get up to speed ASAP.
How fast could this World ID and World App program be rolled out?
Well considering that the founder of Worldcoin and World ID is Sam Altman, the same person who created ChatGPT which last November became the fastest downloaded app in history with hundreds of millions of downloads, I think it is safe to conclude that this World ID could be rolled out very quickly.
What is Worldcoin and World ID?
The stated goal of Worldcoin and World ID is to reach the 50% of the world that currently has no form of ID and cannot therefore participate in the Global economy.
They believe that cryptocurrency is the way to distribute universal basic income, but to do so, they need to enroll people in the World ID program, and to make sure that each person on the planet can only have one World ID and not scam the system, they use biometrics to prove that they are “humans” with a single ID.
The biometric that they chose was an eye scan, which required them to build a special hardware device to scan people’s eyes, called the “Orb.”
Here is a video that they produced which explains why they created Worldcoin and the Orb. Much of the last part of the video is just explaining how they designed and made the Orb.
The App which allows one to obtain a World ID and use Worldcoin was released earlier this month (May, 2023).
INTRODUCING WORLD APP
The first Worldcoin wallet, designed to bring digital identity & global finance to all.
World App, the first wallet for the Worldcoin ecosystem, is launching today. It’s designed to be friendly, and it supports private digital identity and a new financial system. You can use it to authenticate with World ID to prove you’re a real person, get your Worldcoin tokens and send digital money anywhere.
After extensive development and beta testing in a limited number of countries, we’re excited to share Phase I of World App and to make it globally available for the first time. Over time, it will evolve into a toolkit to empower individuals in the Age of AI, enabling the usage of proof of personhood, the equitable global distribution of digital currencies and ultimately a path to AI-funded UBI.
Prove your personhood with World ID
It starts with World ID, your human passport to access the new online services. Verify it privately with an Orb, and then use it to seamlessly sign in to websites, mobile apps and crypto dapps proving you’re a unique and real person without sharing personal data like names or email addresses.
Claim Worldcoin grants
People in eligible countries can also use it to get their Worldcoin Grants every month*. The app will remind you when a new grant becomes available and you can claim it using your verified World ID.
Save and send digital money
Use the wallet to save digital dollars with multiple options to deposit and withdraw using bank accounts, local payment methods, or nearby agents. You can also instantly send them to friends or family members around the world using their phone contact or crypto address, for free.
Explore and use crypto
Learn about Ethereum and Bitcoin—with more tokens coming soon—and earn a bit of them in the process. Track your balances, get notified with major changes and easily trade with decentralized exchanges. (Source.)
Notice how they claim that Worldcoin is designed for “privacy.”
But how could a system like this actually protect your privacy?? Maybe they will protect your privacy from the rest of the world (except hackers), but your privacy is most certainly NOT being protected from Sam Altman and other Big Tech billionaires who run this system.
Edward Snowden was one of the first ones to sound the alarm over Sam Altman and the plans of Worldcoin:
As issues with cyber safety and data leaks spread, a much-hyped new crypto project from Y Combinator founder Sam Altman aims to mitigate scams and breaches caused by bots and bad actors by scanning your eyeballs and awarding you crypto.
Worldcoin, which already touts a $1 billion valuation, aims to onboard more people into crypto by doling out free coins to anyone who scans their eyes on a device called “the Orb” that will convert an image of your eyes into “short numeric code” to check whether you already have Worldcoins.
This looks like it produces a global (hash) database of people’s iris scans (for “fairness”), and waves away the implications by saying “we deleted the scans!”
Yeah, but you save the *hashes* produced by the scans. Hashes that match *future* scans.
Don’t catalogue eyeballs. https://t.co/uAk0NYGeZu
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 23, 2021
The MIT Technology Review published an article about Worldcoin last year (2022) claiming that the rollout of Worldcoin was exploiting and deceiving people in poor countries.
Deception, exploited workers, and cash handouts: How Worldcoin recruited its first half a million test users
The startup promises a fairly-distributed, cryptocurrency-based universal basic income. So far all it’s done is build a biometric database from the bodies of the poor.
On a sunny morning last December, Iyus Ruswandi, a 35-year-old furniture maker in the village of Gunungguruh, Indonesia, was woken up early by his mother. A technology company was holding some kind of “social assistance giveaway” at the local Islamic elementary school, she said, and she urged him to go.
Ruswandi joined a long line of residents, mostly women, some of whom had been waiting since 6 a.m. In the pandemic-battered economy, any kind of assistance was welcome.
At the front of the line, representatives of Worldcoin Indonesia were collecting emails and phone numbers, or aiming a futuristic metal orb at villagers’ faces to scan their irises and other biometric data. Village officials were also on site, passing out numbered tickets to the waiting residents to help keep order.
Ruswandi asked a Worldcoin representative what charity this was but learned nothing new: as his mother said, they were giving away money.
Gunungguruh was not alone in receiving a visit from Worldcoin. In villages across West Java, Indonesia—as well as college campuses, metro stops, markets, and urban centers in two dozen countries, most of them in the developing world—Worldcoin representatives were showing up for a day or two and collecting biometric data.
In return they were known to offer everything from free cash (often local currency as well as Worldcoin tokens) to Airpods to promises of future wealth. In some cases they also made payments to local government officials. What they were not providing was much information on their real intentions.
This left many, including Ruswandi, perplexed: What was Worldcoin doing with all these iris scans?
To answer that question, and better understand Worldcoin’s registration and distribution process, MIT Technology Review interviewed over 35 individuals in six countries—Indonesia, Kenya, Sudan, Ghana, Chile, and Norway—who either worked for or on behalf of Worldcoin, had been scanned, or were unsuccessfully recruited to participate.
We observed scans at a registration event in Indonesia, read conversations on social media and in mobile chat groups, and consulted reviews of Worldcoin’s wallet in the Google Play and Apple stores. We interviewed Worldcoin CEO Alex Blania, and submitted to the company a detailed list of reporting findings and questions for comment.
Our investigation revealed wide gaps between Worldcoin’s public messaging, which focused on protecting privacy, and what users experienced.
We found that the company’s representatives used deceptive marketing practices, collected more personal data than it acknowledged, and failed to obtain meaningful informed consent.
These practices may violate the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)—a likelihood that the company’s own data consent policy acknowledged and asked users to accept—as well as local laws. (Full article.)
Earlier this month (May, 2023) it was reported that hackers had already figured out how to hack these Orbs.
Hackers stole passwords of Worldcoin Orb operators
Hackers have installed password-stealing malware on the devices of multiple Worldcoin Orb operators, TechCrunch has learned, giving them full access to the Worldcoin operator dashboard.
Worldcoin, founded by Sam Altman, says it is creating a “collectively owned global currency that will be distributed fairly to as many people as possible,” according to the company’s website. The company does this by giving away tokens. Those interested in joining the financial network must first hand over their biometric data in exchange for those tokens.
A person’s biometrics are captured by the Worldcoin Orb, a spherical “Black Mirror”-esque imaging device that captures users’ irises and high-resolution images of their bodies and face, according to Worldcoin. Those interested must first visit an “Orb operator,” who are recruited and contracted by Worldcoin, and earn money for every person they sign up.
These operators have access to an online portal and an app, where they can track information, such as earnings, uptime, sign-ups, operator ratings and other metrics.
TechCrunch has learned that several Worldcoin operators had their personal devices compromised by password-stealing malware, such as the RedLine information stealer, to steal all of the credentials saved in their browser — including login details for the operator app.
Requesting anonymity, a security researcher told TechCrunch that the credentials of at least seven Orb operators had been listed on the dark web in the past six months. These include credentials that give hackers full access to the Worldcoin Orb operator dashboard, which TechCrunch has learned does not require any form of two-factor or multi-factor authentication. (Full article.)
These World IDs based on personal scans of people’s eyeballs, are now allegedly for sale on the Black Market.
OpenAI Founder’s Worldcoin Reportedly Perpetuates Black Market for Iris Data
Sam Altman’s crypto project uses biometric data to confirm users’ identities. Chinese users are getting around blocks by buying verification for dirt cheap.
Crypto has broken new ground yet again, not in the exchange of digital currencies meant to upset the global economic paradigm, but by facilitating the black market trade of people’s biometric data.
Specifically, fraudsters desperate to glom onto a crypto project headed by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman are reportedly buying detailed scans of people’s irises in order to claim coins for the still-unreleased Worldcoin project.
The news first came to light by China-based crypto outlet BlockBeats, which tweeted Thursday about a black market for irises used to gain access to the Worldcoin network beta. Users need to submit their eye to a scan by a Worldcoin “Orb,” a physical imaging device used to capture high-resolution images of their body and face.
Those who do are promised free crypto tokens while their accounts are anonymized. Essentially, the project wants to offer a kind of universal basic income for all those who prove they’re still “human” and not one of Altman’s own AI chatbots (or worse, Altman’s ill-defined sense of a so-called AGI).
These Orb operators are spread throughout the countries where the company currently operates, which as it happens does not include mainland China. The company says there are more than 1.7 million people signed up so far.
But according to BlockBeats, people in China are buying the iris data from people in Cambodia, Kenya, and a few other countries for as little as $30 a pop. (Source.)
World ID, Worldcoin, and OpenAI = One World Financial System
If the rollout of World ID, Worldcoin, and the World App is successful in the coming weeks and months, the world could be facing a financial system that is far more dangerous and far more imminent than future CBDCs.
In fact, if this World ID system is successful, it will basically eliminate the need for every country to have their own version of a CBDC, as this system would easily replace it.
But this is far from certain, because any system dependent upon technology has built-in problems. It requires that everyone be connected to the Internet, something Elon Musk and his Starlink are working on.
It also depends on everyone having cell phones to download the World App, although with the introduction of the Orb, people without cell phones could conceivably still participate by having their eyes scanned at locations that have Orbs, much like current POS (point-of-sale) systems that allow for credit card scanning in physical locations.
And of course all of it requires electricity, but so does the current financial system.
As we have seen so far in the rollout of Worldcoin, it first targets the poorest members of society, by promising free money and probably free government benefits for participating, so expect the same thing to happen with the rollout in the U.S. in the weeks and months ahead.
World ID has the potential to have the same type of control as CBDCs would have, with the ability to credit or even debit people’s accounts, based on any criteria the government decides upon, as this World ID is already being called a “digital passport.”
Even worse, they could prevent access to Internet searches through AI and only allow people access to digital information via the World ID.
As always, this does NOT have to be our future, if enough people refuse to participate.
Anyone who understands the true history of the COVID-19 false pandemic, rather than the public propaganda narrative, will understand that COVID-19 did NOT originate with a mythical lab leak for a fake virus, but it originated in the greater metropolitan area of Wuhan, China, when over 50 million Chinese citizens VOLUNTARILY decided to stay home for fear of this “virus,” and that then became the blueprint for lockdowns in the rest of the world, including China itself two years later with their ZERO Covid policies.
We should not be so naïve as to think the hundreds of millions of people downloading the new AI ChatGPT software, before it is even functioning properly, was unexpected and not part of a greater plan to use this technology to move society closer to a Great Reset, and severely restrict the flow of information.
I have to admit I was not paying much attention to this Worldcoin project until I took several hours this weekend to fully research it, and I believe it could be the missing piece of the puzzle to fully understand the plans of Sam Altman and his co-workers in launching ChatGPT.
Other than Altman, and his CEO for Worldcoin, Alex Blania, I could not find much information behind who else is behind Worldcoin and World ID, as the two organizations mentioned, Tools For Humanity and the Worldcoin Foundation, have little to no information about who is running these organizations that I could find.
What we do know is that OpenAI was funded by Bill Gates’ Microsoft, that Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI and Elon Musk was one of the founders of the company, so I suspect these three and a few others are also behind World ID.
Gates is already seen as an enemy of the people in the alternative media due to his participation in the COVID Scam and funding the bioweapon shots, so now Elon Musk, who has made his fortune from the U.S. Government and practically runs NASA now, is clearly being set up as controlled opposition to take “conservative” and “free speech” positions on issues, as he looks to transform Twitter into something that will probably be a front-end app to utilize Chat AI and eventually the World ID and Worldcoin platforms.
Sam Altman is the new darling of Congress where he appeared last week, stoking the fears of AI so that regulations can be put in place, regulations that I am sure he hopes will include his World ID and Worldcoin apps.
But we don’t have to serve these technocrat slave masters. Learn how to live without using their products. And don’t trust anything they say about alleged benefits, free money, or “privacy.”
It’s all an illusion designed to make you hand over your personal data to them so they can control you.
Don’t do it!
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Published on May 21, 2023