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Worldcoin, a cryptocurrency that would like to have the apple of your eye

Allow a large part of the planet to access a minimum income thanks to a cryptocurrency: the idea seems laudable, but it supposes those concerned to share some of their intimate data. Explanations.

With their company Tools for Humanity, entrepreneurs Sam Altman and Alex Blania have set out to provide a minimum income to one billion people on Earth by 2023. Certainly, the initiative is relevant: it is to ensure that everyone has the means to live in dignity, while artificial intelligence threatens more than four out of ten jobs before 2040, according to the OECD.

However, to have access to the proposed cryptocurrency, the Worldcoin, it is mandatory to have your iris scanned. “If your credit card number is hacked, you can get a new credit card number,” warns Evan Greer, the deputy director of the digital rights group Fight for the Future. « If a biometric scan of your face leaks, you can’t get a new face. » In short, is the game worth the candle in the midst of the cryptocurrency crisis? Tech 24 opens the debate.

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