Worldcoin has expended into selfie-based authentication with the launch of the next generation of its digital identity platform, World ID 2.0.
The company, which was co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, is known for its use of iris-scanning “Orb” devices in its user registration process. The aim is to establish irrefutably unique identities on the platform that are tied to real human beings.
Now, with World ID 2.0, the company is starting to integrate its platform with others, including Reddit, Discord, Shopify, Minecraft and Telegram—all of which will accept World ID logins. And Worldcoin has established three different “Levels” of authentication adjusted to different risk scenarios:
The simplest one, “World ID Device”, relies on a trusted device for authentication, while the next Level, “World ID Orb”, makes sure that the device is registered to someone who has been scanned by an Orb. A third Level, “World ID Orb+”, requires face-based authentication on a registered device.
“The experience is similar to unlocking your phone with your face, and it helps ensure that only the person that was issued the World ID can use it for that specific action,” the company explained in a post on its blog. “Importantly, thanks to Personal Custody the authentication is performed locally on your device.”
The move should further cement the importance of mobile technology to Worldcoin’s digital identity platform, even if such identities are ultimately tied to the startup’s Orb devices. Looking to the project’s progress more broadly, the launch of “World ID 2.0” further illustrates its rapid progress, arriving shortly after Worldcoin’s parent company, The Worldcoin Foundation, announced a $5 million grant program for developers interested in “building resilient technology and more equitable systems” on the platform earlier this month.
December 20, 2023 – by Alex Perala