“One person getting verified every 8 seconds now,” wrote Altman as he shared the video of people lining up for the Orb. However, Worldcoin has not yet responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment to confirm the accuracy of the information shared on Twitter (rebranded to X).
As explained in the Worldcoin introductory letter, the Orb is a biometric verification device that provides a World ID to users upon successful biometric data collection. The company plans to set up Orb venues worldwide to expedite the onboarding process on a global scale.
Biometric Verification Process
At the moment, developers have access to the Worldcoin software development kit to create tools and applications using the project’s identity protocol, World ID. The company revealed that users have to scan their irises using Orb to be fully verified. Orb is a customized device that is creating a unique identifier. However, it does not process or store any related data locally.
The use of biometric data has managed to garner skepticism from the community, but the company has asserted that it uses AI to generate unique codes to depict scans. It also acts in accordance with local rules and regulations in every market, where an Orb has been established. At the moment, around 200 Orbs are available. The startup behind Worldcoin, Tools for Humanity, intends to make 1,500 Orbs by the end of 2023. It also wants to add the option to book appointments, rather than the pop-up feature. The Orbs are made in Germany.
According to the company’s roadmap, verification will be available in 35 cities. On the other hand, the app is available in 120 countries. The firm’s whitepaper revealed that The Orbs had scanned over 2 million people. 64% of them were from Asia and Africa, 19% were from Latin America, and 17% were from Europe.
Eight seconds is not just a space in time. It is a symbol of significance. According to the United States Census Bureau, a child is born every 8 seconds in this country! Each one possesses something that no one before them has: A unique identity.
Their authentic, tangible identity is in them. As kids age, they will begin to “identify” with groups and activities such as sports, music, art or debate-but the most empowering part of them is IN THEM-their innate, one of a kind identity. It is not what they identify “with,” that sustains them, but rather their unique gifts, strengths, and dreams that propel them forward to the place where they will make the most impact.
As a child, I grew up going to a small lake in the summers. We would swim, waterski and go fishing. I found shiny lures fascinating and was mesmerized watching the fish chase after them. Fish find them attractive because they are bright, new and exciting. These lures also meant potential disaster for a fish, if they took the bait.
Societal lures are baiting our children. Caring and invested adults play in inexplicably important role in the lives of kids not taking the bait. We need to adopt a laser-like focus that will help shape and guide kids as they maneuver through life. We need to notice–really notice them daily. Spending too much time alone, bored, having few boundaries or a lack of direction can make them susceptible to dangerous lures like drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, gangs, crime, and even traffickers. These lures attempt to steal their unique identity so that they are indistinguishable from the rest of the crowd.
Popular culture and media are accessible and powerful lures as well. While it is not all bad, social media, video games, movies and advertisements appeal to the masses. The fallout occurs when our kids believe the lie about who and what they should BE instead of what they were destined for–to walk in their identity and make an impact.
Behavioral and physical changes along with negative attitudes have become culturally expected with children, tweens, and teens as they mature. But we must ask ourselves, “Are we, and do we ask the tough questions when we meet resistance?” Are we willing to guard against the stealing of their identities, their potential, and their very futures getting sabotaged? We need to fight for them and with them to keep destructive lures at bay.
Every 8 seconds world changers are born. Our kids are worthy. Living out their authentic identity is where they will feel the most self-worth, happiness, and contentment.