From Orbs to Open AI: CEO Sam Altman is enabling universal access to the global economy by scanning your eyeball

Revelations 13:16-18 “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Behold, the Orb: I can’t stop thinking about Sam Altman’s dystopian eyeball-scanning device
  • You might think sobbing at a sold-out showing of the “Barbie” movie last weekend was enough proof you’re human. In 2023, people are also apparently getting their retinas scanned by shining chrome orbs to prove it.
  • And yes, there are pictures.
  • That’s because OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman trumpeted Worldcoin’s launch on Monday, an effort he co-founded years earlier with Alex Blania to “enable universal access to the global economy,” according to its website.
  • The orbs, shiny sculptural spheres that scan the eyeballs of new members, seem to have become the company’s dystopian symbol. They help to provide users with “World IDs,” records proving a person signing up is human and not AI, with the goal of moving through the internet more easily and accessing digital currency, according to the company.
  • Misgivings or not, some two million people have signed up already, according to Worldcoin, which has articulated a goal to address economic inequality through AI. (The company says it plans to give out a “new digital token freely to billions of people.”).
  • It’s not clear yet if the tech can solve yet another complex, systemic problem in the blink of an eye. But the orbs are here now, beckoning to us all.

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