The Worldcoin Dilemma - Kenya

In November 2022, OpenAI released ChatGPT, revolutionizing the world with its powerful AI capabilities. Among the innovative technologies that emerged, Worldcoin quickly captured the spotlight, promising a Universal Basic Income (UBI) powered by AI-generated income. But as the excitement grows, so do concerns and questions. Will AI take our jobs? Is the rise of Terminator upon us? Today, we delve into the fascinating world of Worldcoin, exploring its vision, its potential benefits, and the lingering concerns it raises.


Mohamed Sabir Aamir Malik

7/28/20232 min read

Worldcoin in Kenya
Worldcoin in Kenya

Unveiling Worldcoin:

Worldcoin, an Ethereum L2 project running on Polygon during its beta phase and transitioning to Optimism soon, has a grand vision. It seeks to freely distribute its native token, $WLD, to every person on Earth. Incredibly, the project has raised an impressive $115 million, earning a valuation of $3 billion even during its beta phase. Sounds intriguing, right? But how will it achieve this audacious goal, and what does it mean for the future?

Empowering a Universal Basic Income:

The brainchild of Sam Altman, Worldcoin aims to generate enough AI-driven income in the next 10 years to provide every adult with $13,500 annually. This Universal Basic Income (UBI) is intended to offer humans the freedom to pursue their dreams, unlock potential and find purpose in life. Imagine the possibilities!

Concerns and Controversies:

As with any technological leap, concerns naturally arise. Worldcoin's approach relies on biometric data, specifically iris scans, to create a "global digital passport" called World ID. While this unique identifier offers enhanced security and privacy, questions about data protection and surveillance have emerged.

The Data Protection Commissioner's Call:

In light of Worldcoin's launch and its processing of sensitive personal data, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has issued an advisory urging heightened vigilance among the public. The Data Commissioner emphasizes the importance of proper safeguards under the Data Protection Act, of 2019, and encourages individuals to seek thorough information before sharing personal or sensitive data. The ODPC is actively conducting an assessment of Worldcoin's practices to ensure compliance with the law.

Weighing the Pros and Cons:

Worldcoin's biometric ID does offer significant advantages, providing a reliable way to verify one's humanity and defend against AI-generated misinformation and Sybil attacks. However, critics voice concerns about data harvesting, potential misuse, and the challenges of biometric data security.


Worldcoin's journey is a compelling testament to the ever-evolving intersection of AI and blockchain technologies. While its UBI vision ignites hope, we must navigate cautiously, ensuring that progress aligns with ethical principles and data privacy. As Kenya and the world embark on this technological frontier, let's remember the importance of responsible innovation that empowers humanity, not diminishing it.